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  • image SM Adam volume 46/110

Reference number

SM Adam volume 46/110


[5] Drawing for publication showing the design for a house, 1786-92, partly executed


Ground plan as Adam volume 36/100, but with five bays of the central southern range shown, and elevation of the side (south) front. This profile elevation is composed of three blocks. The central block is a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay block with a pitched roof, with a central tripartite entrance, surmounted by a pediment and a fan light, and set into a relieving arch; and this is flanked by windows on the ground storey, and half-height windows on the first storey, and with three oculus windows on the second storey, surmounted by a fluted frieze, with a tablet containing a shield flanked by swags. The central block is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay, domed pavilions, with central pedimented tripartite windows within relieving arches, flanked by enclosed rosettes, and surmounted by quarter-height windows in the upper register


to a scale


Unknown (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / 43d (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1786-92
    datable to 1786-92

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (160 x 244)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


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



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