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SM Adam volume 40/60


[5] Design for a new house, 1770, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a house, with a three-storey, thirteen-bay central block, with a hipped roof, and a rusticated ground storey, and the central five bays projecting on the ground storey, with a three bay arcade flanked by half-turn stairs, and this supports a five-bay portico and pediment, and the end bays of the central block and slightly projecting, with Venetian windows within relieving arches on the first storey, and an additional attic storey containing a Diocletian window, and the central block is flanked by single-storey, eight-bay, balustraded, rusticated quadrant links, with windows and doors within relieving arches, and these connect to two-storey, eleven-bay wings with a hipped roof, and rusticated ground storeys, with the central three bays projecting, with a central door flanked by windows, each within a relieving arch, and this supports a portico of paired columns, and a pediment, and between the windows behind the portico are niches, and the end bays of the winds are also slightly projecting


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of Wynnstay House for Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (3226 x 474)


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




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



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