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SM Adam volume 33/84


[4] Design for a house showing the principal front, 1789, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a house, with a two-storey, three-bay central block with a hipped roof. There is a central bow on the ground floor, containing a door flanked by windows, and articulated by lotus-capital engaged columns, and the bow is surmounted by a balustraded balcony. The bow is flanked by tripartite pedimented windows on slightly projecting end bays. The first storey contains a central pedimented door onto the balcony, flanked by tripartite windows. The central block is flanked by single-storey, single-bay links containing arched doors, and with small portions of balustrading in the roofline, and beyond are single-storey, single-bay pavilions with pitched roofs, and each containing a tripartite pedimented window. There are two small fliers attached to the sheet: one showing the house without a bow and only a pedimented front door, and the other showing the links without any balustrading along the roofline. There are also pencil annotations showing a basic colonnade to the left-hand side of the sheet, and a chimney stack on the left-hand pavilion


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


Elevation of a House for Thomas White Esqr. (verso) house for Thomas White Esqr / 1 Elevation, 1 Section, 4 Ground Plans / from No 12

Signed and dated

  • 05/06/1789
    Albermarle Street / 5t. June 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (472 x 295)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 136
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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