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SM Adam volume 40/53


[49] Design for the fishing room and boat house, 1769-70, executed


Elevation, with a two-and-a-half storey, one-bay central block with a broken-bed pediment, flanked on either side by one-storey, one-bay links with single windows, and one-storey, one-bay, pedimented boat houses with semicircular-headed arches. The central block has a window within a segmental arch on the ground floor, and a balustraded Ionic Venetian window above, and with three acroteria on the pediment. The ground floor across the central block, links and boathouses is rusticated and with a frieze of fluting and enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Design for Lord Scarsdale / Kedleston (in feint pencil) / 62 (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

date range: 1769-70

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (511 x 603)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 83
King, 1991, Volume I, pp. 339-41
Musson, 1996, p. 42
Harris, 2006, pp. 24, 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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