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SM Adam volume 41/80


[4] Design for the east front of a house, c1773, possibly executed


Elevation of the east front of a two-storey, eleven-bay building, with a hipped roof, a part sunken basement, and a stepped entrance set within a pedimented, balustraded Corinthian portico. At the ground-storey level there are full-height windows, with half-height windows in the upper register. The building is flanked by pavilions. The pavilion to the south is a one-and-a half-storey, three-bay building, with a hipped roof and part sunken basement. At the ground storey level there are full-height windows, with quarter-height windows in the upper register. The five-bay pavilion to the north is two storeys in height and has a hipped roof, a part sunken basement, and a central, stepped entrance. At the ground and first-storey levels there are full-height windows


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


East Front of Ray hill the Seat of Sir James Wright Baronet (in the hand of William Adam) / East Front (pencil) / faint pencil inscription / Extends 195 feet & 2 In.s and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (990 x 513)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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