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SM Adam volume 34/107


[3] Design for the east front of the house, c1786, partly executed


Elevation of the east front of a house with a projecting two-storey, three-bay pavilion, and a pitched roof, surmounted by a weather vane. At ground story level there is a central door, flanked by windows, and with each set within a relieving arch. At first storey level there is a central, pedimented window, articulated by pairs of Doric columns, and flanked by niches. Beyond the pavilion there is a link building, with the main building beyond. The main building is shown to be pedimented, with an oculus set within the tympanum, and there is a stepped north front and bowed south front. The surrounding landscape is shown in the foreground, with banks, trees and foliage


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


East End of Lord Delavals House in the Country (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (281 x 210)


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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