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SM Adam volume 30/95


[5] Finished drawing for a house, showing the garden front, ND, unexecuted


Elevation of the garden front of a two-storey house set over a half-sunk basement, and with a balustraded hipped roof. The central three bays form a bow behind a Doric portico, and with a central door on the ground storey accessed by tapering external stairs; and the bow is flanked by a single bay, containing arched windows on the ground storey, surmounted by a string, and with a half-height window on the first storey; and to either side a single-bay projection from the side front is visible


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Design of a House for Captain Simpson (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) Captain Simpson (in pencil in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1787-94
    date range: 1787-94

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, sepia wash and cerulean blue wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (428 x 288)


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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