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SM Adam volume 34/106


[4] Design for the west front of the house, c1786, partly executed


Elevation of the west front of a building, with a projecting two-and-a-half storey, single-bay block with a quarter-height window at basement level, and a rectangular window above, with pencil alterations suggesting a window surround of Doric columns and a pediment. Above this, there is a half-height window at second storey level, and an oculus set within the tympanum. The building beyond this has a stepped north front, with quarter-height windows at basement level, full-height windows above, and half-height windows in the upper register. The south front is shown to have a bowed front with steps. In the foreground there are alterations (in pencil) showing the surrounding landscape


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the West End of Lord Delavals house in the Country (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (266 x 203)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 53
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 139
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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