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  • image SM Adam volume 36/109

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SM Adam volume 36/109


[5] Design for the south front of the house, c1790, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay block, with a hipped roof and the central three bays forming a bow front. There is a central, stepped entrance flanked by Doric columns and three-quarter-height windows. At the first-storey level there are balustraded, full-height windows, with the windows in the first and fifth bays set within relieving arches. In the upper register there are half-height windows. The central block is flanked by single-storey, single-bay, balustraded link blocks, and these contain entrances surmounted by oculi and set within relieving arches. The blocks link to one-and-a-half-storey, five-bay pavilions with pitched roofs. The central three bays are projecting and are surmounted by pyramidal roofs bearing weather vanes. At the ground-storey level there is a Diocletian window, with a tripartite window above. The flanking bays contain slit windows


to a scale


South front for Ninewells house and offices for Joseph Home Esquire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (530 x 264)


Office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 132, pl.16
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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