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SM Adam volume 32/77


[7] Design for the south front of the house, c1784


Elevation of a three-storey, five-bay block with a hipped, balustraded roof, flanked by three-storey, square corner turrets, with stepped, ribbed domes surmounted by finials. The central three bays of the main block are ornamented by a portico articulated by Ionic columns, and with a roundel and festoons in the tympanum. On the ground story there is rustication and a central doorway set within a relieving arch. On the first storey there is a corresponding central window set within a relieving arch which is flanked by aedicules. To the east of the main block there is a single storey link building with a balustraded roof and a central doorway set within a relieving arch, flanked by niches containing urns. This links to a single-storey, single-bay, pedimented pavilion with a central doorway. In the foreground there is a preliminary outline of pathways formed around a rotunda along with the surrounding landscape


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Design for. altering the South Front of Blackadder House. The Seat of Alexander Boswall Esqr. / (and in pencil) Elevation of the south front of [_ _ _ _ _] [_ _ _ _] (cropped)

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (461 x 265)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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