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SM Adam volume 45/78


[1] Finished drawing for a house, unexecuted, 1783


Ground plan and elevation of the principal front of a house with a central block, links and pavilions. The central block is a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay block, with a hipped roof and a central chimney stack; with a central door behind a single-storey, single-bay portico of paired Doric columns, surmounted by a door on the first storey, giving access to a balcony formed by the balustraded roof line of the porch below, and this window is surmounted by a sculpted fan and set within a relieving arch; and the central bay is flanked by projecting bays with arched windows on the first storey, and half-height windows on the second storey, and surmounted by sculpted sphinxes; and the second storey is ornamented with four paterae. The plan shows that the central block contains a staircase in the front left-hand corner, two reception rooms, and has tripartite windows to the sides and rear, and with a projecting bay on each side. The central block is flanked by single-storey, three-bay open arcaded links, articulated by paired Doric pilasters; and beyond are one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay pavilions, with pyramidal roofs, each with a window within a relieving arch, and with brew house, bake house and washhouse in one pavilion, and a study or book room in the other


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 10 feet


Principal Front of a Villa for Captain Pitts / Plan of the Principal Story / Brewhouse, Bakehouse & Wash house / Water Closet / Arcade / Water Closet / Lobby / Powdering room / Area / Captain Pitts Dressg room / Staircase / Area / Eating room / Sideboard / Arcade / Lobby / Staircase / Closet / Study of Book room and dimensions given (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • 02/05/1783
    Adelphi / 2d May 1783.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (511 x 375)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


JKOOL surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 136
For a full list of literature references see schemes notes.



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