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  • image SM Adam volume 41/32

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/32


[2] Design for alterations to the west front of the house, c1764, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (west) front of a three-and-a-half-storey, eleven-bay house, with a half-sunk basement, a pitched, balustraded roof, a rusticated basement, external stairs leading to a central front door, a central five-bay Ionic portico supporting a pediment across the central three bays, and with four-and-a-half-storey end bay towers, with aedicular, balustraded windows on the first floor, and with pitched roofs


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Copy of A New Design for the West Front of the House of Panmure (of Panmure in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1764
    datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (601 x 439)


Adam office hand: possibly Agostino Brunias, with additions to the title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Number Nine (in red pen)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
Adam, 2001, p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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