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SM Adam volume 42/88


[5] Design for the south front of a house, 1784, unexecuted


Elevation of the south front of a two-storey, seven-bay building, with a hipped roof and sunken basement. There is a central pedimented Ionic portico, with steps leading to an entrance with a fan light, and this is articulated by Doric columns. There are full-height windows at the ground-storey level, and half-height windows in the upper register, and there is a string course of fluting and roundels


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


A Design for Doctor John Turton at Brasted (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / No. 3 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1784
    August 5.t 1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (468 x 267)


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






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
Rowan, 1985, p. 38
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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