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SM Adam volume 42/125


[7] Design for the north front of a house and offices, 1777, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay building with a hipped roof. At the ground- and first-storey levels the central bay is flanked by three-bay bow windows. At the ground-storey level there are three-quarter-height windows, with a string course and half-height windows above. The upper register contains quarter-height windows. To the left of the building there is a one-and-a-half-storey, nine-bay block, with the central three bays projecting and surmounted by a pyramidal roof. At the ground-storey level bays one to six contain tripartite windows set within relieving arches. In the eighth bay there is a stepped entrance flanked by windows, with a further window above, and all this is set within a further relieving arch. In the upper register there is a string course and quarter-height, tripartite windows


bar scale of 2 1/4 inches to 10 feet


North Front of Scratby House and Offices / (and in the hand of William Adam) the Seat of John Ramsay Esqr

Signed and dated

  • June 1777
    Adelphi / June 26.t 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (510 x 738)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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



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