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  • image SM Adam volume 32/8

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/8


[2] Finished drawing for the east block of Fitzroy Square, c1790, as executed


Above- Elevation of a building as SM Adam volume 4/102 (below), with minor alterations. The central five bays have a pyramidal roof and are surmounted by a shield of arms bearing a crown. The crest is flanked by military trophies, a lion and greyhound, with urns bearing festoons beyond. The windows at the first-storey level are balustraded, and the terminating four-bay porticos are surmounted by reclining sphinxes. Beyond the six-bay block to the north there is a three-bay projecting portico with a pyramidal roof. At the ground-storey level there is a central entrance with a fan light, and this is flanked by three-quarter-height windows. At the first-storey-level there are full-height windows, with the central window balustraded and set within a relieving arch. Above this there are half-height windows, with quarter-height windows in the upper register Below- Plan of the facade of a thirty-five bay building Right- Elevation of a three-storey, three-bay block with pyramidal roof as the terminating north portico above


to a scale


East side of Fitzroy Square (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (1696 x 535)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 97-99
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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