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SM Adam volume 40/9


[109] Design for the library, 1760, executed with alterations


Plan of a rectangular room with a three-bay window (south) wall and bookcases against the window piers, a chimney wall opposite, with a chimneypiece flanked by two bookcases and doors, a side wall containing a further door, and with further bookcases against the side walls


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Library of Kedleston House for Sir Nathaniel Curzon afterwards Lord Scarsdale / 9 (in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1760
    datable to 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (496 x 362)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription (on separate sheet of sugar paper) in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
Harris, 1987, pp. 14, 42
Harris, 2007, pp. 30-31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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