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SM Adam volume 10/68


[2] Preliminary design for the principal front, c1772-79


Rough elevation of a two-storey, ten-bay building, with three projecting bays, rusticated on the ground storey, and with relieving arches over the central door and flanking windows, and with the first storey articulated by pilasters, and containing a central sculpture-filled niche, flanked by balustraded, pedimented windows, with a frieze of festoons, and an attic ornamented with rectangular tablets, and to the right-hand side of these projecting bays are three balustraded bays, and to the left is a single-bay link, and a three-bay wing, with a central window flanked by niches on the ground storey, and a Venetian window within a relieving arch, and flanked by narrow rectangular windows on the first storey, and this wing is surmounted by balustrading, and a single-storey, domed cupola


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1772-79
    datable to c1772-79

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on sugar paper (437 x 282)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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