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SM Adam volume 10/89


[6] Preliminary design for a house, 1781, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a two-storey, three-bay house, with a hipped roof; with a two storey relieving arch in each bay, and with each bay articulated by a fluted Corinthian pilaster, which are paired at the corners; with a moulded string course between the ground and first storeys; and with a central tripartite door, supporting a fan light, and set behind a single-storey, three-bay Doric portico surmounted by a pediment and a balustrade shown as alternatives


not to scale (rough bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet; giving façade width of 40 feet)


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1781
    datable to 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (307 x 201)


Robert Adam




For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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