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SM Adam volume 46/61


[5] Finished drawing for a house, c1775


Elevations of the principal and garden fronts of a house. There is shown a two-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay principal front, with the central five bays projecting, with a pitched roof, and set over a half-sunk basement, with a central door within a segmentally arched recess, behind a Doric screen of columns, on the principal storey, flanked by narrow windows, and with recessed end bays containing apses in the first and second storeys, and behind the centre of the house is a drum and dome. The garden front does not show the half-sunk basement, but instead it has a full ground storey, with arched windows behind an arcade, which supports an Ionic portico around the central three-bay bow, surmounted by a three-bay drum and dome, and the end bays containing apses as on the principal front


bar scale of 1/10 inches to 1 foot


House for Mr Wilson (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1775
    datable to c1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (277 x 441)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 136
Rowan, 2003, p. 46
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'Bob the Roman': Heroic Antiquity and the Architecture of Robert Adam, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 27 June - 27 September 2003; New York School of Interior Design Gallery, 29 September - 4 December 2004

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