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SM Adam volume 35/5


[6] Finished drawing for a design for the house, 1759-1762


Elevation of the principal (north) front of a house with a three-storey, nine-bay central block, with a rusticated ground storey, a hipped roof, and a frieze of winged griffons and urns, and with aedicular windows on the first storey, and the central three bays are slightly projecting, and supporting a pediment, and with external stairs. The central block is flanked by two-storey, three-bay links, with flat roofs, and the central bay on the first storey is recessed, and behind a screen of two Ionic columns, flanked by niches, and beyond the links are three-storey, three-bay pavilions, with a single segmental window in the ground storey, a Venetian window within a reliving arch on the first storey, flanked by windows, a rectangular relief panel in the second storey, flanked by half-height windows, and the roof line is balustraded


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


North Front of a new design for Gawthorpe House in Yorkshire the Seat of / Edwin Lascelles Esquire. and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1759-62
    Robt Adam Architect date range: 1759-62

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (156 x 601)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Hussey, 1956, p. 62
Harris, 2001, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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