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SM Adam volume 43/55


[5] Design for a house, 1772, unexecuted


Elevation of a house, with a three-storey, seven-bay central block, with a hipped roof, and a rusticated ground storey, with a central entrance door, and the central three bays slightly projecting on the ground storey, and supporting a balustraded three-bay Ionic portico and pediment across the first and second storeys, and the central block is flanked by single-storey, single-bay, balustraded links, and two-storey, four-bay wings, with hipped roofs, and the end bays projecting


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Principal or South Front of a House and Offices For John Role Walter Esqr, at Bicton in Devonshire. and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • March 1772
    Adelphi March 27th. 1772.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (728 x 509)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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