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SM Adam volume 10/197


[30] Preliminary design for the south front of the house and kitchen offices, c1784, as executed


Elevation of a three-bay, two-storey building, with a hipped roof and part-sunken basement. There is a central, stepped entrance, set within an Ionic portico, which has a frieze of anthemia, a rosette ornamenting the tympanum, and is surmounted by acroteria. The entrance is flanked by semi-circular-headed, balustraded windows, with a string course and half-height windows in the upper register. The end bays terminate in paired Ionic pilasters, and the building has a frieze of fluting. To the west of the principal building there is a six-bay wing, with a sunken basement. In the first three bays the central bay is projecting, and at the basement-storey level there are semi-circular-headed entrances with windows above. Beyond this there is a three-bay pavilion with a pyramidal roof, and half-height windows at the basement level, with a tripartite window above


to a scale


(in pencil) Blank / Blank / Blank

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and wash on laid paper (333 x 197)


Robert Adam


Rowan, 1985, pp. 38, 40
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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