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SM Adam volume 41/16


[5] Design for the house, 1760, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a two-storey, seven-bay central block, with a pitched roof, and a portico of four giant Corinthian columns, and two half columns, crowned by balustrading, and with semicircular-headed and aedicular windows on the ground floor behind the portico, and with two-storey, single-bay, pedimented wings at each end, ornamented with Venetian windows within relieving arches on the ground floor and quoins. With pencil annotations showing the arched windows as rectangular, and alternative central door, and in the top right-hand corner of the sheet is a sketch of an interior wall plan and elevation


1/5 inch to 1 foot


A New Design for the Principal Front of Compton House in Warwickshire One of the Seats of / The Right Honble The Lord Willoughby de Broke and measurements given and rough calculations in pencil (verso) 1 / 1

Signed and dated

  • 1760
    datable to 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (653 x 497)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, with pencil annotations by Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 8
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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