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SM Adam volume 42/102


[10] Design for a house, 1781, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay house, with a hipped roof and two chimney stacks, and the roofline drawn a little higher in pencil; with a relieving arch in each on the ground storey, connected by a fluted string, and with an enclosed rosette between each arch; with a central tripartite door articulated by Doric columns and engaged columns, and surmounted by a fanlight, and flanked by windows in the outer bays; and with a central tripartite window on the first floor, articulated by Ionic columns, and balustraded in the central light, and flanked by balustraded windows in the outer bays; and with a rough pencil-drawn plan of a half-turn staircase in the top left-hand corner, and beneath this a rough pencil-drawn detail of a Doric portico


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


Plan of a House for Mr Smith (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) and measurements given in pen and pencil (verso) rough pencil calculations

Signed and dated

  • 07/04/1781
    Adelphi / 7t. Aprl. 1781.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (474 x 253)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Cartouche surmounted by fleur de lis


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



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