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SM Adam volume 32/12


[144] Engraving of the principal front, 1771-72, as executed


Elevation of a three-storey, three-bay building, with a flat roof, and with a central door surmounted by a fanlight, within a lotus capital porch, and flanked by slit windows, surmounted by a Venetian window within a relieving arch ornamented with a fan on the first storey, flanked by balconied windows, and with the bays articulated by fluted Ionic columns on the first and second storeys, supporting a Doric frieze with rosettes, and a tablet reading ARTS AND COMMERCE PROMOTED, surmounted by a pediment with an oculus in the tympanum, and with three sculpture-filled acroteria, and with a string course of guilloche between the first and second storeys, surmounted by half-height windows


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of the House of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, situated on John Street Adelphi. / Elevation de la Maison Société pour l’Encouragement des Arts, des Manufactures, et du Commerce, situeé dans la Rue de Jean, aux Adelphi. / Plate IV / No. 2 (in pencil) (verso) 1 / 1

Signed and dated

  • 1771-72
    datable to 1771-72

Medium and dimensions

Engraving (435 x 580)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
Rowan, 1974, p. 675
Rowan, 2007, p. 60
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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