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SM Adam volume 9/132 verso


[31] Preliminary design for the pheasant house, c1760, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of a two-storey, five-bay house, each front with a pediment, and roofed with a dome, with canted bays on opposite fronts, one containing a staircase and the other a door flanked by niches, and colonnaded bows on the adjacent fronts, one containing a further door. The interior is divided into three rooms, and all four bows are crowned with balustrading forming balconies on the first floor


not to scale


some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1760
    datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (199 x 287)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, pp. 14, 88
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 220
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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