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Design for the entrance front of Wyreside, Lancashire by Office of Robert and James Adam (c.1790)
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Office of Robert and James Adam
Design for the entrance front of
Wyreside, Lancashire. About 1790
Pencil, pen and ink and watercolour.
The Adam brothers' task at Wyreside was to
alter and enlarge an existing small farm or
manor house for John Fenton Cawthorn, MP.
In design it is characteristic of the brothers'
late villas, with its four-columned proch, the
domed wings and the windows in the wings
formed as tripartite aedicules under a single
arch. All these features, as well as the way in
which the centre pedimented section of the
house is presented as a distinct 'tower', show
the Adam brothers producing their own
special interpretations of English neo-
Palladian ideas. The house survives, although
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