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SM Adam volume 31/116


[5] Design for a house, 1777, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey, five-bay house, with a hipped roof and the pedimented, central three-bays projecting. The stepped, central entrance has a fan light and is flanked by windows surmounted by lunettes, and each is set within a reliving arch, with rosettes ornamenting the spandrels. Above this there are full-height, balustraded windows surmounted by a panel ornamented with a sacrificial scene, and there are quarter-height windows in the upper register. The central three bays are flanked by single bays containing stepped entrances, set within niches with ornamental ceilings. Above this there are tripartite, balustraded windows, articulated by Ionic columns, and all set within relieving arches ornamented with figurative roundels


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Elevation of Messrs Drummonds Charing Cross (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1777
    Adelphi Janry 14. 1777-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (561 x 455)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 52
Sands, 2016, p. 25, 27
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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