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SM Adam volume 10/171


[2] Design for a house, c1775


Plan of a house with a five-bay principal front, with tapering external stairs, and the central three bays recessed, and behind a screen of two columns, and the side elevations have three-bay, curved projecting fronts, and the rear elevation is five bays wide, with the central three bays projecting in a bow, behind which is a circular room, and which is sheltered by a portico of four columns. Below this is a pencil-drawn plan and rear elevation showing an alternative design for the house, with the side elevations which are not curved, but the central bay of which projects, without a portico around the rear bow, and with an elevation showing that the house is two-and-a-half-storeys high, with a pitched and hipped roof, and a dome over the bow, and with a balustraded portico around the bow on the first storey, and an arcade along the ground storey (verso) rough preliminary pencil-drawn design for a house within a park


to different scales, one (top?) drawing to bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Some measurements and calculations given

Signed and dated

  • c1775
    datable to c1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (269 x 320)


Robert Adam


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



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