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SM Adam volume 42/7


[8] Preliminary design for a neo-classical house (2nd scheme), 1771, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (north) front of a three-and-a-half-storey, five-bay house, with a hipped roof, and a half-sunk basement. The central three bays projecting, rusticated on the ground storey, and with a tripartite door surmounted by a fanlight in the central bay accessed by tapering external stairs. The projecting bays are articulated in the first and second storeys by paired Ionic pilasters, supporting a frieze of fluting and enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


Principal Front of a New Design for Mr. Baron Mure at Caldwell / Sent to Scotland and some measurements given in pencil (verso) 1 / 2 / 1 / 2 (9) Design for the Back Front for Mr. Baron Mure / at Caldwell / Sent to Scotland (verso) 2 / 3 / 2 / 3

Signed and dated

  • 25/11/1771
    Novr. 25th. 1771.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (537 x 368)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with pencil-drawn annotations in the hand of Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
Rowan, 1985, p. 94
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 123
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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