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SM Adam volume 1/115


[3] Preliminary design Design Finished drawings for a villa, c1787, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a two-and-a-half storey, five-bay house, with a pitched roof, and external steps. The central three bays are projecting, and articulated by Doric pilasters on the principal storey, and are composed of a central door surmounted by a fan-light, and two niches, and in the upper register is a central arch, flanked by oculus windows, and surmounted by a pediment with a Diocletian window in the tympanum. The end bays contain tripartite windows, surmounted by oculus windows, within relieving arches


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    datable to c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (158 x 126)


Robert Adam


Rowan, 1985, p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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