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SM Adam volume 54/7/170


[7] Preliminary design for a rustic cottage, c1768


Rough elevation and two part-drawn sections for a rustic cottage with a hipped roof; with a central five-bay conical bow, supported by tree-trunk columns, and behind which is a door with two windows to either side; and the bow is flanked on each side by a single bay containing a latticed window, and a further bay at a diagonal (verso) rough pencil-drawn elevation of an unrelated house


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to c1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (158 x 195)


Robert Adam


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