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SM Adam volume 45/1


[5] Design showing an elevation of the principal front for the house, 1773, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a three-and-a-half-storey house, with a half-sunk basement, full-height ground and first storeys, an attic, and a hipped roof. There is a three-bay central block, with a central tripartite entrance, surmounted by a fanlight, accessed by tapering external stairs, and flanked by lotus capital columns supporting a balustraded balcony to the window above. The central block is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay recessed wings with pitched roofs (one drawn in pencil and the other in pen), with Diocletian windows in the basement, and balustraded tripartite windows on the ground storey surmounted by fanlights


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Sir James Campbell of Ardinglass (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 1 / 1 / Sir James Campbell

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (532 x 381)


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


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 2
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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