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SM Adam volume 1/68


[1] Preliminary design for a modest neo-classical house (1st scheme), 1771, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular house, with the central portion of the principal front slightly projecting, and with a central bow behind a portico of paired columns; and with two three-bay bows at either end of the garden front; and with two rectangular staircases to either side of the central axis of the house. In the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet is a pencil-drawn annotation showing an elevation of a detail of a three-storey, nine-bay house, with a hipped roof, and the central five bays projecting, and with a three-bay portico of paired columns around a bow. The elevation appears to correspond with the plan above


to a rough scale


Drawing Room / Eating Room / Drawing Room / Bed Chamber / Dressing Room / Hall / Breakfast Room (all in pencil) and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (478 x 358)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 123
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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