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SM Adam volume 37/103


[13] Design for a house, 1785, unexecuted


Elevation of a five-bay addition to an existing seven-bay block. The ground-storey level of the five-bay block has two-tier, tripartite, lancet windows, and this is flanked by two-tier single lancet windows. At the first-storey level there is a tripartite lancet window, flanked by further lancet windows. The block terminates in square turrets, with narrow windows at the ground and first-storey levels, and the roof line of the building is ornamented with crosses. Beyond the block there is a square tower with a pyramidal roof supporting a weather vane, and there is a porte cochère with an arched entrance and rounded turrets containing lancet and oculi windows. The existing seven-bay building is formed with a two-storey, five-bay block, with the central three bays canted and containing a central stepped entrance. The entrance is flanked by Ionic wreathed columns, and beyond this there are windows. The block terminates in single-bay, projecting pavilions with pitched roofs and quarter-height windows in the attic register. This block links to a two-storey, canted bay block with windows, and a single storey, polygonal block with an entrance


bar scale of 1 3/8 inches to 10 feet


South front of the additional Building to Saint Hill House & front of the present House / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) for Gibbs Crawford Esqr / 103 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • December 1785
    Adelphi / 15.t Dec.r 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (597 x 474)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


2 / 0 / 2 / 0 (crossed through)


GR surmounted by a banded cartouche supporting a fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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