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SM Adam volume 2/109


[1] Preliminary design for refacing the house, 1774, as executed


Elevation of a four-storey, five-bay terraced house, with the central three bays projecting and rusticated on the ground storey, and with a door on the left-hand side, with external steps within a Doric portico across the door, and with the central three bays articulated by lotus capital pilasters across the first and second storeys, supporting a lintel ornamented with roundels, and this supporting Doric pilasters in the third storey, supporting a balustrade surmounted by one feintly drawn figurative sculpture, and the house has a string course of guilloche between the first and second storeys


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (294 x 382)


Robert Adam




For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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