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SM Adam volume 42/77


[14] Finished drawing for the north front of a house, c1784, unexecuted


Elevation of the north front of a two-storey, seven-bay building, with a hipped roof and a part sunken basement. The central five bays are projecting, and the central three bays are pedimented. There is a stepped Tuscan portico entrance, with a frieze of rosettes, and this is surmounted by a balustrade. The portico is flanked by windows surmounted by figurative roundels, and windows set within relieving arches. In the upper register there is a string course of guilloche, and half-height windows, with a central window set within a relieving arch. The building has a frieze of anthemia alternating with calyx, and there is a figurative roundel flanked by festoons in the tympanum


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the North front of Doctor John Turtons House / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) at Brasted Place in Kent / No. 26

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (492 x 361)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with part-title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
Rowan, 1985, p. 42
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 106, 122; Volume II, pl. 119
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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