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SM Adam volume 10/137


[1] Preliminary design for an unknown house, ND, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of the principal front of a two-storey, three-bay central block, with a hipped roof and a central stack, flanked by one-storey, three-bay, arcaded quadrant links, and one-storey, three-bay pedimented pavilions, one of which has a carriage arch and contains stables. There is an unrelated pencil-drawn gateway to the right-hand side


not to scale


Front of a House for Lady Innes / James Golant Esqr

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on sugar paper (468 x 297)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 55
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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