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SM Adam volume 44/14


[5] Design for a house, 1770, as executed


Elevation of a three-storey, four-bay terraced house, with a hipped roof, string courses of fluting and guilloche, balustraded windows on the first storey, and a door in the third bay of the ground storey, with the door flanked by Corinthian pilasters of engaged columns, supporting a lintel ornamented with ox skulls connected by festoons


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Earl of Buckinghamshire for Mr Hobart / House St James's Square (all in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (495 x 483)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 49
Survey of London, 1960, pl. 186a
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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