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SM Adam volume 21/63


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


Rough elevation of a two-storey, three-bay house, surmounted by a pediment with three acroteria, and a figurative medallion in the tympanum; with relieving arches in the ground storey, containing a central door flanked by windows, and with a medallion between each relieving arch; and the ground storey is surmounted by a moulded string course; and with a window in each bay of the first storey, and the bays articulated by paired Ionic pilasters (verso) rough pencil-drawn alternative side elevation designs


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1781
    datable to 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (300 x 204)


Robert Adam


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