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  • image SM Adam volume 36/36

Reference number

SM Adam volume 36/36


[13] Design for the principal front of a house, 1783, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay house as SM Adam volume 36/37, with alterations including the addition of a string course of Vitruvian scroll above the first-storey level, Tuscan eaves, and with the central bay surmounted by a tablet inscribed Findlater House, which supports the Findlater arms flanked by recumbent lions. Above the ground-storey tripartite windows in the first and fifth bays there are relief urns ornamenting the heads of the relieving arches


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation towards the Court of a Town house for The Right Hon.ble The Earl of Findlater & Seafield / (and in the hand of Robert Adam, red ink) A Copy of this given to my Lord / 13.t Sep.r 1789 the Arms at top [_ _ _]font(?) / 23

Signed and dated

  • August 1783
    Adelphi / 27.t Aug.st 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (522 x 368)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with notation in the hand of Robert Adam


no 1 / no 1 / 2 Elevations & [_] Ground plans / Earl of Findlater Town House (obscured where affixed)




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 103-4, Index, p. 45
Rowan, 1985, p. 138
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 57, 102-6, 130, pl. 114
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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