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  • image SM Adam volume 43/42

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SM Adam volume 43/42


[2] Finished drawing showing an elevation of the principal (north) front, c1768-70, partly as executed


Elevation of the principal (north) front of a two-and-a-half-storey, seventeen-bay crenellated house, over a half-sunk basement, with the central three and end two bays projecting and with an additional attic storey, and surmounted by pitched roofs, and the central entrance on the first storey is accessed by a straight staircase, and the house is flanked by two-storey, four-bay crenellated pavilions, with hipped roofs, and with central single-bay circular clock towers


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


North Front of Mellerstain House One of the Seats of The Honble George Baillie of Jerviswood Esqr. / Rose of ground in the North Court and some measurements given (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • c1768-70
    datable to c1768-70

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (840 x 424)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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