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SM Adam volume 1/109


[26] Preliminary design for the north front of a house, c1784, as executed


Elevation of the north front of a two-storey, five-bay house, with a hipped roof and a part-sunken basement. The pedimented central three bays are projecting, and there is a central stepped entrance, surmounted by a fan light, set within a balustraded Tuscan portico with a frieze of rosettes. There are full-height windows at the ground-storey level, half-height windows at the first-storey level, and a string course. The building has a frieze of anthemia, alternating with calyx, and there is an oculus set within the tympanum


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (228 x 155)


Robert Adam


crowned cartouche(?) (cropped)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
Rowan, 1985, p. 38
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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