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SM Adam volume 28/37


[8] Finished drawing for rear (south) front, c1760, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay building, with the roofline crowned by acroteria supporting statuary, and with rustication at basement storey. The central, projecting three bays are pedimented, and there is a central basement storey entrance, with a balustrade Palladian window set within a relieving arch above. This is flanked by balustraded niches containing statuary, surmounted by roundels containing busts. All this is flanked by two-storey bays with statuary set within baulstraded niches, and panels, ornamented with rosettes and festoons, above


to a scale


South Front of the Library and Ground Story (in the hand of William Adam) / For the Royal College of Physicians at Edinburgh (underwritten in pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1760
    datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (526 x 370)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 12
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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