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Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/62


[3] Alternative design for the principal (west) front of the house, 1789, unexecuted


Above- Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay building, with a preliminary proposed hipped roof, and with rustication at the ground storey level. Across the central bay there is a Doric portico, with a frieze of fluted triglyphs, surmounted by a balustrade. Beyond this there is an entrance with a fan light, and this is flanked by semi-circular headed windows set within relieving arches. Above this, across the central three bays, there is a one-and-a-half storey portico, with fluted Corinthian pilasters and a frieze of rosettes, all surmounted by acroteria supporting statuary Below- Part-plan of the ground storey of a seven-bay building, with a proposed addition of a single-bay portico across the central entrance


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Design for altering the West front of Ruscomb House / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) the seat of Lord Chief Baron Eyre / C

Signed and dated

  • January 1789
    24.t Janry 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (279 x 450)


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


Rough preliminary designs for urns (pencil)




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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