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SM Adam volume 31/120


[3] Finished drawing for a house, 1765, unexecuted


Elevation of a house with a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay balustraded central block, with a hipped roof, with external stairs, and a central three-bay portico of giant fluted Ionic columns across the principal and first storeys, and surmounted by a pediment, and the end bays terminating in giant fluted Ionic pilasters, and the central block is flanked by two-storey, three-bay wings, with pitched roofs, and with single-storey, balustraded canted bows, and with an additional single-storey, seven-bay wing with a hipped roof to the far side of the left-hand wing


bar scale of 1 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of the Principal Front of a House for John Calcraft Esqr at Ingress

Signed and dated

  • 1765
    datable to 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (916 x 374)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson


1 / 1 / John Calcraft Esqr


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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