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SM Adam volume 10/195


[6] Preliminary design for the east front of a house, c1784, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey, seven-bay building, with a hipped roof, a part-sunken basement, and a sloping ground level from south to north. The central three bays are slightly projecting, and are surmounted by a broken pediment. There is a central balustraded screen, with a frieze of fluting and roundels, all set within a relieving arch. This is flanked by niches and figurative roundels, and is surmounted by an oculus, flanked by swags and festoons. To the north there is a raised Ionic screen. To the south a pedimented Ionic portico


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (235 x 201)


Robert Adam


Banded cartouche surmounted by fleur-de-lis


Rowan, 1985, p. 38
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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