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SM Adam volume 4/79


[2] Preliminary design for alterations to the entrance (south) front of the original house, c1761-63, partly executed


Rough elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, nine-bay house, with the central seven bays recessed, and behind a Doric colonnade across the ground and first storeys, surmounted by a lintel ornamented with a Doric frieze, and a pediment across the central three bays, and behind are the windows of the second storey, and the end bays are projecting, with balustraded hipped roofs, and with a Venetian window within a relieving arch on the ground storey


not to scale


some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1761-1763
    date range: 1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (161 x 91)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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