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SM Adam volume 34/25


[13] Design for a D-shaped house, 1779, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (north) front, of a two-storey, eleven-bay house, with a hipped roof surmounted by a three-bay drum and dome, and with a central three-bay portico surmounted by a pediment, with the carriage ramp sweeping and elevated to the central front door. The end bays are articulated by pilasters, have aedicular windows within relieving arches on the ground storey, and are surmounted by an additional half-storey, and pyramidal roofs with weather vanes


bar scale of 9/10 inch to 10 feet


North front of Saxham House / No 5

Signed and dated

  • March 1779
    17t March 1779 / Adelphi

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (534 x 370)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


No [ _ ]


GR and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Rowan, 1985, p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p.126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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