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SM Adam volume 30/139


[12] Finished drawing for domestic offices, c1763, unexecuted


Elevation of the entrance front, of a two-storey, seven-bay building, with a hipped roof, and projecting end bays articulated by paired Doric pilasters. In the central bay there is a semicircular-arched carriage entrance within a Doric portico supporting a pediment, and there are half-height windows in the upper register


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Elevation towards the Court of New Designed Offices for His Grace The Duke of Manchester at Kimbolton in Huntingdonshire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1763
    datable to c1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (529 x 299)


Adam office hand: possibly Agostino Brunias, Agostino Scara, or Benedetto Napoletano


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index. p. 20
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 189, 220
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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