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SM Adam volume 32/54


[6] Design for an unknown terraced house, 1772, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey, five-bay house, with a balustraded hipped roof, a rusticated ground storey, and the end bays slightly projecting, with a door in the right-hand ground storey end bays, and with balustraded windows in the central three bays on the first floor, flanked by niches in the end bays, and with a fluted frieze across the central three bays, and a frieze of enclosed rosettes across the end bays


bar scale of 2 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of a House for Lord Ducie (in the hand of William Adam and feintly underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1772
    datable to 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (334 x 423)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 54
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 135
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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