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SM Adam volume 10/206


[8] Preliminary design for a rustic cottage, 1768


Plan of a seven- by three-bay building, with canted ends behind which are octagonal rooms; with porticoes to the front and rear, with a five-bay peristyle on the principal elevation, behind which is a door flanked by windows and niches; and on the rear garden front there is a central apse


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Library (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (446 x 302)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 259
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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