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SM Adam volume 36/37


[12] Variant design for the principal front of a house, 1783, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half storey, five-bay building, with a part-sunken basement, and with the central three bays receding. There is a central, stepped entrance set within a circular, Tuscan portico with a frieze of rosettes, and this is flanked by balustraded windows. Above this there is an aedicule doorway, flanked by slit windows, set within a niche behind an Ionic screen and with a semi-circular, balustraded balcony, and this is flanked by further balustraded windows. In the upper register there are half-height windows. The pedimented first and fifth bays are projecting, with tripartite part-windows at the basement level. At the ground-storey level there are tripartite windows with Tuscan pilaster screens, set within relieving arches. Above this there are plain tablets, with aprons of guttae, and these are flanked by rosettes. At the first-storey level there are semi-circular-headed, balustraded aedicule windows, articulated by Ionic columns, and surmounted by oculi flanked by festoons, all set within relieving arches


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


21 (red ink) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1783
    Adelphi / 22.d August 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (477 x 317)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


no. 2




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



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