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SM Adam volume 46/155


[3] Finished drawing for a cottage, 1791, unexecuted


Elevation of a single-storey, three-bay, rusticated cottage with a pyramidal roof and a bow front. The cottage has a central entrance set within the bow front, and this is flanked by lead crossed windows. To the right of the cottage there is a low, rusticated wall, and to the left there is a wrought iron gate ornamented with a fan and surmounted by spearheads. The gateway has pyramidal topped piers, and there is a further rusticated wall beyond


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of a Cottage for John Fordyce Esq.r of Aytown in Berwickshire / 30 Feet / 65th (pencil) / 11:4 (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1791
    Robt Adam Arch.t 1791.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (472 x 293)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 257
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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