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  • image SM Adam volume 35/94

Reference number

SM Adam volume 35/94


[7] Design for the kitchen office front for a house, possibly executed, c1786


Elevation of a three-storey, four-bay building, with a balustraded, pitched roof. On the ground floor there is a tripartite window set behind a Doric colonnade, and this is flanked by lancet windows. On the first floor there is a window articulated by tapering pilasters surmounted by herms, which stylistically forms part of an internal court along with the first-storey colonnade apparent in Adam volume 35/95. Above this, there is a figurative half-roundel is set within a fan. In the upper register there are tripartite, half-height windows, with an ornamental tablet above. All this is surmounted by a plinth supporting a sphinx. To the right of all this there is a section of a two-storey link passage


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Front of the offices Delevals house in Conduit Street (underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow on laid paper (279 x 470)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


2 (?)


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 423
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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