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SM Adam volume 35/102


[10] Design for the principal (north) front of a house, c1788, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of the north front of a three-storey, three-bay house with a hipped roof and part-sunken basement. On the ground storey level, over the central bay there is a pedimented, Tuscan porte cochère. This has a central flight of steps, and carriage ways to the east and west, all set with iron railings, and beyond the porte cochère there is a central doorway with a fan light. In the first and third bays there are windows set within relieving arches, and there is a string course above. On the first-storey level there are three-quarter-height windows, with half-height windows in the upper register Below – Preliminary design for an elevation of the ground storey, without the carriage ways


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the North Front of a new Design for the Rev.d Mr. Rose at Beckenham / ft. / Extends 52.2 / (pencil, modern curatorial hand?) ceiling of d[_ _ _ _ _] there

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (306 x 247)


Robert 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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