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SM Adam volume 45/59


[4] Design for the south front of the house, possibly executed, c1789


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay building, with a flat roof and an additional wing to the west. The central three bays are canted. On the ground storey there is a Doric colonnade surmounted by an iron-work balustrade. Beyond there is an entrance surmounted by a broken pediment, articulated by Ionic columns. To the west there is a three-bay, pedimented pavilion wing with a tripartite window, formed with a Doric screen on the ground storey, and on the first storey there is a balustraded Venetian window To the east of the building there are preliminary designs of additional buildings (pencil)


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


South Front / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of a House for Robert Udney Esqr

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (464 x 248)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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