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  • image SM Adam volume 45/55

Reference number

SM Adam volume 45/55


[5] Design for the south front of a house, 1785, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay house, with a hipped roof surmounted by a stepped dome with an oculus. The central bay is projecting, and is surmounted by a plinth supporting a sphinx. At the ground-storey level there is a stepped entrance, set behind a Tuscan colonnaded screen. This is flanked by block pilasters with roundels ornamenting the frieze. The entrance is flanked by tripartite windows set behind Tuscan pilaster screens. At the first-storey level there is a central apse with a coffered ceiling, and this contains an entrance set behind a balustrade and flanked by paired Ionic pilasters. Beyond this there are aedicule windows, with half-height windows in the upper register, and the building terminates in block pilasters surmounted by paired Ionic pilasters


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


South Front of a New Design for Saint Hill in Sussex / N.B the (sic) is a house in the Castle Stile for Mr Crawford (pencil)

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (470 x 263)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Crawford (cropped)


Fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 133, pl. 21
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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