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SM Adam volume 35/54


[10] Design for the west front of a house, c1786, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, four-bay building, with a hipped roof and part-sunken basement. There are balustraded windows at the ground-and first-storey levels, with half-height windows at the basement-storey level, and third-height windows in the upper register. To the north there is a stepped, Tuscan porte cochère, surmounted by a balustrade, with a ramp flanked by wrought-iron pedestals bearing lamps. To the south there is a bowed façade, surmounted by a stepped, ribbed dome, and with a stepped, balustraded Tuscan colonnade at the ground-storey level


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the West end of the Hill House for Sir Samuel Hannay Bart. / 2 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (268 x 234)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
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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