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SM Adam volume 33/103


[3] Design for the south front of a house, c1763-78, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, seventeen-bay, balustraded building with a sunken basement storey. The central three bays are canted, and at the ground-storey level there is a central, stepped entrance flanked by balustraded windows and set behind a Corinthian colonnade. Above this there is a frieze of fluting and rosette roundels. At the first-storey level there are full-height windows set behind a Corinthian colonnade, and in the upper register there are oculi. The central three bays are flanked by four bays, with quarter-height windows at the basement-storey level, and with full-height windows at the ground-storey level. At the first-storey level there are balustraded windows with cornices, and in the upper register there are oculi. The building terminates in canted bays, with full-height, balustraded windows set behind Corinthian colonnaded screens at the ground and first-storey levels. The upper register contains oculi


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


South front of a New Design for Temple Newsham in Yorkshire / one of the Seats of The Right Honble Lord Viscount Irwin- (all in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1763-78
    date range: 1763-78. See scheme notes.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (606 x 491)


Office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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