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  • image SM Adam volume 35/63

Reference number

SM Adam volume 35/63


[20] Design for the east front of a house, c1786, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay pedimented building, with a part-sunken basement. At the ground-storey level there is a stepped, central aedicule entrance, articulated by Tuscan columns, with a frieze of fluting and roundels. This is flanked by balustraded windows, and with full-height windows at the first-storey level, and third-height windows in the upper register. To the south there is a semi-rotunda, as SM Adam volume 35/62. To the north there is a further semi-rotunda, with a Tuscan porte cochère surmounted by a balustrade, and with ramps flanked by wrought-iron pedestals supporting lamps


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the East end of Hill house, for Sir Samuel Hannay Baronet. / no. (cropped) / faint pencil inscription right hand side and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (513 x 262)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 80-1, 109, 127, pl. 125
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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