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SM Adam volume 45/12


[4] Design for the north front of a house, c1762, unexecuted


Elevation of the north front of a two-storey, five-bay building with a hipped roof, a part-sunken basement, and a raised ground-storey level. At the basement-storey level there are quarter-height windows. At the ground-storey level there is a central, stepped entrance flanked by three-quarter-height windows, and all this is set behind a Tuscan colonnaded screen, with a frieze of rosettes and fluting above. The building terminates in projecting bays, with full-height windows at the ground-storey level, and a string course and half-height windows in the upper register. The projecting bay to the west has a pitched roof, where the projecting bay to the east has a flat roof


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


North front of a House for John Jones Esqr at Charlton- (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) with some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (529 x 378)


Office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 124
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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