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SM Adam volume 10/101


[5] Preliminary design for the Haymarket (east) front, c1789, unexecuted


Elevation of a four-storey building, formed with several blocks, with a three-bay, raised, pedimented portico, alternatively shown as single- and double-storey in height, and accessed by paired dog-legged staircases. The portico is surmounted by a stepped, ribbed dome with a turret and spire. All this is flanked by three-bay links, with semi-circular-headed windows at the first-storey level, surmounted by ornamental panels, and with half-height windows in the upper register. Beyond this there are three-storey, single-bay, pedimented pavilions, with balustraded Venetian windows at the first storey-level. The spandrels are set with roundels, and there is a tripartite window above, and all this is flanked by giant columns. To the left-hand-side of all this, there is a four-storey, five-bay block, with a broken pediment, which supports a central statuary group. At the ground-storey level there are entrances and paired, curved staircases providing access to the first-storey level, with its balustraded, semi-circular-headed entrances set behind a columnar screen. At the second-storey level the central three bays are balustraded, and this is surmounted by a further balustrade. Within the tympanum is a tripartite, semi-circular-headed window, and this is flanked by plinths supporting reclining statuary. Beyond this there is a further single-bay, pedimented pavilion as above, but with rustication at the ground-storey level, and a string course of rope moulding


to a scale


present height 4.2 / street to [_ _ _ _ _ _] 2.0 (in pencil) / stage to be raised 3.0 / 9 – 2 / pencil inscription bottom right cropped

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (484 x 302)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Sheppard, 1960, Volume XXIX, (i), p. 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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