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SM Adam volume 43/94


[1] Survey drawing for the original principal front of the house in an unknown hand, c1760


Part plan, and elevation of a three-storey, thirteen-bay central block, with a hipped roof, three chimney stacks, and a central pediment spanning three bays, and with a central arched door articulated by Doric columns, and with a Venetian window in the left-hand end bay on the first floor. The central block is flanked by projecting four-storey, one-bay towers, with funnel-shaped roofs, quoins, and no window in the ground storey of the left-hand tower


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 10 feet


South Front of a House for Francis Child Esqr at Osterley Park Middlesex (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / South Front and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1760
    datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (454 x 300)


Unknown eighteenth-century hand




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Stillman, 1966, p. 68
Knox and Palmer, 2000, p. 9
Harris, 2001, p. 157
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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