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SM Adam volume 42/91


[4] Finished drawing for a scheme for the house, c1765-74, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (south) front of a house with a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay central block, with a hipped roof, a half sunk basement, and external stairs leading to the front door on the first storey, and the front door takes the form of a Venetian window within a relieving arch, and the central three bays of the central block are projecting and surmounted by a pediment. The central block is flanked by single-storey, three-bay arcaded links, and one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay pedimented pavilions, with a central Venetian window on the ground storey


bar scale of 7/8 inch to 10 feet


South Front of Fennells Place in Surry belonging to Anthony Chamier Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 1765-1774
    date range: 1765-74

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (513 x 348)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


1 / 4 / Anthony Chamier Esqr / London May 9th 1765 / Elevation referred to by Article of this Date / Ant Chamier / Robt Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 125
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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