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SM Adam volume 1/92


[8] Preliminary design for an end bay of the south building, c1784, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half storey, three-bay building with an alternative balustraded and pyramidal roof. At the ground-storey level there are three-quarter height windows with rusticated quoins. At the first-storey level there is a central relieving arch and a balustraded Corinthian screen, ornamented with a frieze of roundels and swags. Beyond the screen there is a central entrance and above this there is a roundel flanked by swags. The arch is flanked by balustraded aedicula windows, articulated by Ionic columns and the windows are flanked by giant Corinthian columns. In the upper register there is a string course and quarter-height windows


to a scale


some dimensions given (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (262 x 243)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 173-79; Index, p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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