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SM Adam volume 46/178


[5] Design for a cottage, 1780, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay cottage, with a hipped thatched roof, and with a higher roof with two chimney stacks shown in pencil. There is a single-storey thatched bow on each side. The central door is flanked by narrow lights and together these are set behind a single-storey, single-bay portico of tree-trunk columns, supporting a thatched pediment. The flanking windows, and those in the upper register are all composed of two-light lattice windows


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 16/12/1780
    16 Decr 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (282 x 270)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 260
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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