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SM Adam volume 1/50


[3] Preliminary design for a house, 1786-90, partly executed


Elevation of the principal (west) front of a house, with a two-storey, five-bay central block with a string course; and with the central three bays projecting, and including a central door flanked by slit windows behind a portico of paired Doric columns, and with a door and slit windows above giving access to a balcony formed by the balustraded roofline of the porch; and these three bays are surmounted by a frieze of circles and a tablet containing a shield and swags, surmounted by a pediment with three acroteria and an oculus in the tympanum; and the end bays of the central block have arched windows on the ground floor, half-height windows above, a fluted frieze, and are surmounted by sculpted sphinxes. The central block is flanked by single-storey, single-bay links, with projecting arched doors, and surmounted by urns on stepped pedestals; and beyond are one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay domed pavilions, with a single central window with a Doric architrave and pediment, and within a relieving arch on the ground storey, flanked by roundels, and with quarter-height windows in the upper register (verso) rough pencil-drawn elevation of design on recto


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1786-90
    datable to 1786-90

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (517 x 234)


Robert Adam




Rowan, 1985, p. 82
Rowan, 1988, p. 100
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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