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SM Adam volume 43/7


[9] Design for alterations to the house, c1768-72, unexecuted


Elevation of the garden front of a two-storey, seven-bay house, with a hipped roof, a fluted frieze, and with the end bays projecting, articulated by Corinthian pilasters, and containing Venetian windows on the ground storey, and these flank a colonnade of Ionic columns in the ground storey, with alternating arched openings


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


North Front of Gunton house in Norfolk the Seat of Sir Harbord Harbord Bart (in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil) W / W / W / W / W / W / W (verso) 2 / 3

Signed and dated

  • 1768-72
    datable to c1768-72

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (594 x 514)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
King, 2001, Volume II, p, 126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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