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image SM Adam volume 43/39

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SM Adam volume 43/39


[13] Design for a boathouse, 1778, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a boathouse as Adam volume 1/91, but without the conical roofs on the small turrets at the end of each abutment. The plan shows a door at the rear of the building, giving access to a walkway across the end of each mooring


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of a Boat House for the Right Honble The Earl of Exeter proposed to be built upon a piece of Water at Burghleigh House / Plan of the Boat House

Signed and dated

Adelphi /24th July 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen within a single ruled border on laid paper (496 x 528)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 243
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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