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SM Adam volume 43/2


[5] Finished drawing for the south front of the house, 1764, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, seven-bay central block with a hipped roof, a portico of four giant fluted Corinthian columns supporting a shallow pediment, and ornamented with a string course of Vitruvian scroll and paired giant fluted Corinthian pilasters at each end, and flanked on either side by a single-storey, single-bay, balustraded link containing a Venetian window, and a single-storey, five-bay, arcaded pavilion with a hipped roof, with the arcade glazed and articulated by fluted engaged Ionic columns, and ornamented with paired fluted Ionic pilasters at each end


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Design of the South Front of Kenwood House in Middlesex, Belonging To the Right Honble / Lord Mansfield Lord Chief Justice of England and some dimensions given (verso) 2

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    Robt Adam Archt 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (789 x 360)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


IHS IVILLEDARY and LVG surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Bryant, 1990, p. 50
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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