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  • image SM Adam volume 35/101

Reference number

SM Adam volume 35/101


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


Elevation of a three-storey, three-bay house as SM Adam volume 1/184


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the Revd Mr Roses house at Beckenham 1st design (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (233 x 254)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 3
Rowan, 1985, p. 66
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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