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SM Adam volume 43/8


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


Elevation of the side of a two-storey seven-bay house, with a hipped roof, a fluted frieze, and with the two end bays projecting, and articulated by Corinthian pilasters, and in between in a three-bay bow in the ground storey, behind a portico of paired Ionic columns, surmounted by a balustrade


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


West Front of Gunton house in Norfolk the Seat of / Sir Harbord Harbord Baronet (all in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1768-72
    datable to c1768-72

Medium and dimensions

Pen within a double ruled border on laid paper (596 x 424)


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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