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SM Adam volume 42/124


[5] Design for alterations to the west front of a house, 1777, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, nine-bay house, with a hipped roof and a rusticated ground-storey level. The central three bays are canted and are surmounted by a turret bearing a weather vane. At the ground-storey level there is a central, stepped entrance surmounted by a fan light and this is flanked by three-quarter-height windows. At the first-storey level there are half-height windows, with a string course of guilloche and quarter-height windows above, and all this is flanked by giant Corinthian pilasters


bar scale of 2 1/4 inches to 10 feet


A Design for altering the West front of Scratby House in the County of Norfolk. / The Seat of John Ramiy (sic) Esq.r / 197 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • June 1777
    Adelphi / June 26.t 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (479 x 602)


Office hand possibly Joseph Bonomi


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



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