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SM Adam volume 29/64


[5] Design for the south front of the house, 1789, possibly executed


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, nine-bay building, with a flat roof, alternative forms of rustication at the ground storey level, and a string course of Vitruvian scroll. With a central projecting, polygonal bay, with a central recess, with a band of fluting at the first storey level and a band of enclosed anthemia at the second storey level. At roof level there is a central urn, flanked by recumbent sphinxes, linked by festoons. The first and ninth bays form projecting pavilions, with balustraded windows surmounted by oculi set within relieving arches at the first storey level. The pavilions are surmounted by pediments ornamented with paterae and bearing urns


bar scale of 1 1/4 to 10 feet


South Front of Ruscombe House, with an additional Bow to the staircase and a Circular Nich or Recess between / it and the present Bow window, which makes the [whole] (crossed through) front regular- The whole of the Basement story Rusticated / with projections at the East & West Ends, to correspond with the North and West Elevations-

Signed and dated

  • June 1789
    Albemarle Street / 27. June 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (482 x 300)


Office hand, possibly Daniel Robertson or Robert Morison


5 / Lord Chief Baron Eyre Ruscombe / 3 Ground Plan 2 Elevation 7 Offices 3 plans of decoration of Rooms / & 4 Elevation of the house in all 13 10 [_ _ _ _]


Banded cartouche surmounted by a fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 393, pl. 556; Volume II, p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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