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SM Adam volume 32/99


[5] Finished drawing for a house showing a longitudinal section, 1771, as executed


Longitudinal section of a four-and-a-half-storey building with subterranean rooms extending beneath the front of the building to the south. To the south of the house there is a courtyard with a gatehouse and the south facade of the house has a Corinthian portico surmounted by a balustrade. The section shows the building to have a central staircase, set behind columnar screens, with a Corinthian screen at the ground storey, an Ionic screen at the first storey and a Doric screen at the second storey


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Section from North to South of a House & Offices for The Right Hon.ble The Lord Chancellor proposed to be built at Hyde Park Corner and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    Rob.t Adam Ar___tect 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (707 x 503)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 43
Harris, 2001(b), p.99
Lea, 2005, p. 6
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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