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SM Adam volume 1/203


[7] Preliminary design for the south front of a house, c1786, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay building, with a hipped roof and a part-sunken basement. The central three bays are bowed, and surmounted by a stepped, ribbed dome. At the ground-storey level there is a stepped, balustraded Tuscan colonnade, with a central entrance. Beyond this there are balustraded Venetian windows and slightly projecting piers articulated by Tuscan pilasters. At the first-storey level there is a balustraded balcony, with a central aedicule entrance, flanked by balustraded windows, and in the upper register there are third-height windows


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (222 x 170)


Robert Adam


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Rowan, 1985, p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 109, 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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