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SM Adam volume 42/106


[2] Finished drawing for a house, c1779, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a four-storey, five-bay house, with a hipped roof and two chimney stacks; with a half-sunk basement and a half-height attic, and the central bay slightly projecting, and with a central door on the first storey, surmounted by a fan light, set within a single-bay Spalatro order porch with a Doric frieze, and accessed by straight exterior stairs, and this is surmounted by a pedimented door on the second storey, with the porch below forming a balustraded balcony; and the central block is flanked by two-storey, single-bay pedimented wings, with tripartite windows on the ground storey, and Palladian windows on the first storey


bar scale of 2 ¼ inches to 10 feet


Elevation of a House for Mr Powell (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (591 x 443)


Adam office hand, possible Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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