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SM Adam volume 45/54


[3] Design for the north front of a house, c1785, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay house, with a hipped roof, and this is surmounted by a stepped dome with an oculus. The pedimented central bay is projecting, and there is a balustraded porte cochère at the ground-storey level, with a central entrance beyond. The entrance has a fan light, and is flanked by paired Tuscan pilasters. In the first and third bays there are tripartite windows set within a Tuscan screen, and with a pediment over the central compartment. At the first-storey level there is a tripartite widow set behind an Ionic pilaster screen, and within a relieving arch. Above this there is an oculus, and all this is flanked by tripartite windows with a semi-circular head over the central compartment. In the upper register there are half-height, tripartite windows


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


North front of a New Design for Saint Hill in Sussex for Gibbs Crawford Esq.r / Extends 64 feet

Signed and dated

  • c1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (473 x 236)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 133
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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