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SM Adam volume 44/113


[1] Design for the south front of the house, 1780, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay building, with a part-sunken basement. There is a central, stepped, pedimented entrance which is flanked by Tuscan columns, with full-height windows beyond. At the first-storey level there is a string course of Vitruvian scroll, and three-quarter-height windows. The south front is set behind a pedimented Corinthian portico, which supports acroteria, and there is a figurative roundel ornamenting the tympanum


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


New Disign (sic) of South Front for- Bott Esq.r near Christ- Church Hants

Signed and dated

  • May 1780
    Adelphi / May 12 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (523 x 459)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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