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SM Adam volume 10/119


[6] Preliminary design for a house, 1775


Elevation of a two-storey, five-bay house, with a central door flanked by arched windows on the rusticated ground storey, all within relieving arches, and with the central bay sllightly projecting, and supporting a portico of paired Doric columns, and a pediment, overdrawn with a pediment on the roof line, supporting a coat of arms, and this is flanked by bays articulated by Doric pilasters in the first storey, and the end bays are projecting, with a Venetian window on the ground storey, and a tripartite window on the first storey


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (213 x 117)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume I, p. 213
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