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SM Adam volume 21/67


[11] Preliminary design for the west front of a house, c1783, 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, and this is flanked by balustraded Tuscan screens. At the first-storey level there is a central entrance, set within an apse, and with a Tuscan screen and balustraded, semi-circular balcony, and this is flanked by balustraded aedicule windows. In the upper register there are half-height windows. The first and fifth bays are projecting, with tripartite windows in the basement-storey level. At the ground-storey level there are Venetian windows set within relieving arches, and this is surmounted by tripartite, pedimented windows, and with half-height windows in the upper register


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • c1783

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (285 x 180)


Robert Adam


Britannia within a crowned cartouche


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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