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SM Adam volume 10/49-50


[4] Preliminary design for a new house, 1770, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey, eleven-bay house, with a balustraded, pitched roof, and a rusticated basement, and with the central five bays projecting on the ground storey, with a three-bay arcade, flanked by half-turn stairs, and this is surmounted by balustrading, and a five-bay portico with alternative Spalatro order and Ionic fluted columns, supporting a pedestal, and the central block is flanked by three-and-a-half-storey, single-bay pavilions, with pitched roofs, and rusticated basements, articulated by pilasters across the first and second storeys, and with a Venetian window within a relieving arch on the first storey, and a Diocletian window in the fourth storey


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet (on separate sheet)


East front of Winnstay house and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (508 x 279)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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