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SM Adam volume 42/78


[17] Finished drawing for the east front of a house, c1784, unexecuted


Elevation of the east front of a two-storey, five-bay building, with a hipped roof and part-sunken basement. The central three-bays are projecting and there is a slopped approach leading to a central entrance in the form of a pedimented, tripartite screen. Above this there is a window and a blank tablet with an apron of guttae, and all this is set within a relieving arch. The central entrance is flanked by semi-circular headed windows, with oculi above. In the upper register there are half-height windows, and the building has a frieze of anthemia alternating with calyx. To the south there is a pedimented, stepped Ionic portico. To the north there is a Tuscan portico, surmounted by a balustrade


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the East end / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of Doctor John Turtons house at Brasted Kent- / The West end will be nearly the same / No. 38

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (495 x 359)


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


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



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