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SM Adam volume 35/103


[12] Design for the east front of a house, c1788, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of the east front of a three-storey, four-bay house, with a hipped roof and part sunken basement. To the north there is a side elevation of a Tuscan porte cochère, and a carriage way with iron railings. To the south there is a flight of steps with iron railings, leading down into the grounds. At basement level, to the north and south, there is masonry outlining the eastern courtyard. Above the doorways in the second and third bays there are timber supports, suggesting a covered walkway leading from the kitchen and stairway to the scullery, water closet, and knife room beyond


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the East end of the House

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow on laid paper (239 x 237)


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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