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SM Adam volume 54/7/220


[2] Preliminary design for the house, 1762, partly executed with alterations


Rough elevation of a house with a three-storey, five-bay central block, with the end bays projecting, and with the central three bays rusticated, and flanked by external curved stairs, with a giant Doric portico across the central three bays, and Venetian windows within relieving arches in the end bays on the first storey. The central block is flanked by links, one of which is a one-storey, five-bay structure, with a Doric colonnade, and the other is a two-storey, five-bay balustraded structure, with windows and a door on the ground storey, and a Doric colonnade across the first storey, and beyond the links are two-storey, three-bay pedimented pavilions, one of which has a central aedicular window on the first storey, and the other has a central Venetian window within a relieving arch on the ground storey


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    datable to 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (319 x 91)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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