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SM Adam volume 29/63


[4] Design for the north front of the house, 1789, possibly executed


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay building, with a flat roof and string courses of Vitruvian scroll and fluting, and a frieze of rosettes. The first and seventh bays form projecting pavilions, with rustication at the ground storey level. At the first storey level there is a balustraded Venetian window, flanked by paterae, and with a frieze of guilloche enclosing rosettes above. This is surmounted by a tablet containing a roundel flanked by festoons. To the west, there is a side elevation of the single-bay portico in SM Adam volume 29/62


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Design for altering the North front of Ruscomb House- / (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) the seat of Lord Chief Baron Eyre and some figures given

Signed and dated

  • May 1789
    Albemarle Street / 30.t May 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (481 x 275)


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


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 393; Volume II, p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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