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SM Adam volume 1/184


[2] Alternative preliminary design for the principal (north) front of a house, c1788, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey, three-bay house, with a hipped roof. In the central bay of the rusticated ground storey level there is a pedimented, Tuscan porte cochère, and this is flanked by windows in the first and third bays, set within relieving arches. At the first storey level there is a string course of Vitruvian scroll. In the central bay there is a pedimented, Ionic portico, with a frieze of enclosed anthemia and a central tablet inscribed BUILT ANNO MVIIIX[_]. Within the portico there is a balustraded doorway within an aedicule. This is flanked by paired Ionic pilasters and rectangular openings surmounted by cornices, and the opening to the right is balustraded. There are half-height windows in the upper register, and the building has a frieze which contains alternating fluted triglyphs with roundel metopes to the left, and enclosed anthemia to the right


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (233 x 209)


Robert Adam




King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
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