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SM Adam volume 30/96


[4] Design for a house, showing the principal front, ND, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a two-storey house set over a half-sunk basement, and with a balustraded hipped roof. The central three bays are recessed and set being a Doric portico on the ground storey, and forming a balcony on the first storey, and with a central front door accessed by straight external stairs; and this recess is flanked by single-bay projections, with the ground storey windows flanked by engaged Doric columns, surmounted by a half-height window on the first storey, and both are set within a relieving arch; and to either side a single-bay projection from the side front is visible


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Front Elevation of a House for Captain Simpson (in the hand of William Adam underwritten in pencil) (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • c1787-94
    date range: 1787-94

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (425 x 246)


Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)




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



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