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SM Adam volume 35/104


[11] Design for the south front of a house, c1788, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of the south front of a three-storey, five-bay house, with a hipped roof and part-sunken basement. The central three bays form a bow, with a conical roof. The ground storey level is raised, with a central entrance approached by paired steps, set with iron railings. In the first and third bays there are Venetian windows, articulated with Tuscan columns, and set behind iron balustrades. Above this there is a string course, three-quarter height windows at the first-storey level, and half-height windows in the upper register


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the South Front / Extends 522 / ft

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (321 x 236)


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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