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SM Adam volume 43/52


[1] Finished drawing for the house, 1768, unexecuted


Ground plan of a house with a five- by six- bay central block, with the central three bays on the principal front slightly projecting, and behind a three-bay portico flanked by curved external staircases, and the central three bays on the garden front for a bow, and are behind a five-bay portico, and this is flanked by tripartite windows, and the central bay on the right-hand side front is slightly projecting and tripartite. The central block is flanked by three-bay quadrant links, behind which are domestic courts, and beyond the links are three- by three-bay wings, with the central bay on the principal front slightly projecting, and containing a tripartite window, and the house contains service and domestic rooms


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story. of / Sir Thomas Acklands House (of / Sir Thomas Acklands House in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Privy / Shed for Wood / Privy / Kitchen Court / Coal Shed / Passage / Kitchen / Stairs / Scullery / Pastry / Smoaking Room / Bake house / Corridore / Knife board / Wet Larder / Dry Larder / Privy / Passage / Butlers Pantry / Butlers Bed Room / Stewards Dining Room / Servants Hall / Housekeepers Room / Housekeepers Bed Room / Store Room / passage / Bottled Wines / Storing Room / Plate Room / Corridore / Valets Room / Water Closet / Coal Shed / Privy / Shed for Wood / Privy / Room for Linen / Drying Yard / Passage / Dairy / Scullery to Dairy / Stewards Bed Room / Stewards Writing room / Laundry / Wash House and various feint pencil inscriptions underwritten including Wood / Laundry / Cook / Drying Yard and measurements given (verso) 5

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    [cropped]dam Architect 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (965 x 585)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 127
For a full list of literature see scheme notes.



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