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SM Adam volume 44/30


[4] Finished drawing for the principal front of a house, c1758-68, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a house with a half-sunk basement; with a three-storey five-bay central block with a hipped roof and two chimney stacks, with the central three-bays recessed, and set behind a Spalatro order portico, with a central door on the first storey, in front of which is a straight external staircase, and in the end bays there are Palladian windows on the first storey; and the central block is flanked by two-storey, three-bay links with pitched roofs, and two-storey, three-bay pavilions with pitched roofs and central chimney stacks, with the central bay projecting and containing a Palladian window on the first storey, and flanked by niches in the end bays


bar scale of 1 1/8 inches to 10 feet


Pen and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (531 x 357) Elevation of the principal front of a new Design for _ Palmer Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • c1758-68
    date range: c1758-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (531 x 357)


Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 136
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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