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  • image SM Adam volume 32/9

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SM Adam volume 32/9


[3] Finished drawing for the south block of Fitzroy Square, c1790, as executed


Above- Elevation of a building as SM Adam volume 4/102, with minor alterations. The windows at the first-storey level are balustraded, the central four-bay portico has a pyramidal roof, and this is surmounted by a crest bearing festoons and flanked by urns ornamented with ram masks. To the north there is an alternative terminating three bays. At the ground-storey level there is a central window set behind a Doric pilaster screen, at the first-storey level there is a central balustraded Ionic aedicule window, and this is flanked by giant Ionic pilasters. Above this there is a tripartite window, a frieze of fluting with a central tablet ornamented with rosettes and festoons, and a Diocletian window flanked by oculi. The terminating three bays are surmounted by reclining sphinxes Left and right- Elevations of three-storey, three-bay blocks with pyramidal roofs, and with three-quarter height windows at the ground-storey level, full-height windows at the first-storey level, half-height windows at the second storey level, and quarter-height windows in the upper register Below- Plans of the building facades


to a scale


South 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 (1626 x 536)


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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