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SM Adam volume 51/100


[2] Preliminary design for a cottage, 1791, unexecuted


Elevation of a cottage with a rusticated colonnade and a pyramidal roof bearing a chimney stack. The roof line has a cornice of dentils and the building has a rusticated colonnade. Beyond the building there is a wrought iron carriage gateway which is ornamented with a fan and surmounted by spearheads, and there is a further gateway for foot passengers. The gateways are flanked by pyramidal topped piers


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Sketch of a Gate and Cottage at the Entrance to Aytown. House for John Fordyce Esq.r

Signed and dated

  • March 1791
    Albermarle Street / 23.r March 1791.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (449 x 309)


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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