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SM Adam volume 50/30


[1] Design for the house, 1758-63, unexecuted


Part plan and elevation of a two-storey, three-bay central block, with a balustraded and pitched roof, and with a central one-bay loggia on the ground storey, flanked by curved external stairs providing access to a central door on the upper register, which is behind a portico of paired Ionic columns surmounted by a pediment, and this is flanked by Venetian windows within relieving arches. The central block is flanked by two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay, projecting, pedimented wings, with a central aedicular window on the first storey


1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Design for Willm Beckford Esqr at Fonthill (in the hand of William Adam) / A The Landing of Stairs to be 6 Inches under Floor of Hall / A and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1758-1763
    Date range: 1758-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (597 x 489)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or Laurent-Benoit Dewez, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




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



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