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SM Adam volume 30/134


[8] Finished drawing for stables, c1763, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front, of a two-storey, five-bay building, with a hipped roof, and projecting end bays. The central bay contains a semicircular arched carriage entrance within a portico of paired Doric pilasters supporting a pediment. To either side the windows are set within relieving arches, and surmounted by a Diocletian window. There are half-height windows in the upper register


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design for Stables for his Grace the Duke of Manchester (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1763
    datable to c1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (530 x 298)


Adam office hand, possibly, Agostino Brunias, Agostino Scara, or Benedetto Napoletano. Title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 189
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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