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SM Adam volume 46/150


[4] Design for a farm building, 1773, unexecuted


Elevation of a one-and-a-half-storey, five-bay building with a pitched, thatched roof, and a conical, thatched roof over a central attic, and with a portico of four tree-trunk columns carrying a pediment. This is flanked on either side by a wooden perimeter fence terminated by a small hut at each end


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Farm Building for the top of a Hill at The Earl of Harborough's Seat at Stapleford

Signed and dated

  • June 1773
    June 21st 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen within a single ruled border on laid paper (542 x 373)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 248, 252-53, 259
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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