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  • image SM Adam volume 42/124 (verso)

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SM Adam volume 42/124 (verso)


[6] Preliminary design for the north front of a house and offices, c1777, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay building with a hipped roof and two-storey bow fronts for the first and third bays. There are full-height windows at the ground-storey level with a string course above and three-quarter-height windows at the first-storey level. There are quarter-height windows in the upper register. To the east of the principal building there is a one-and-a-half-storey block with the central three bays projecting and surmounted by a pyramidal roof. At the ground-storey level there are tripartite windows set within an arch and a stepped entrance set within an arch. In the upper register there are quarter-height, tripartite windows


to a scale


North Front (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (479 x 602)


Robert Adam


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