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SM Adam volume 30/142


[21] Finished drawing for a dairy, unexecuted, 1766


Plan and laid out wall elevations for a domed, circular room, with four urn-filled niches, three doors, one window, four curving sideboard tables, and the dome is ornamented with a fan, festoons, and rosettes, and with pencil-drawn annotations in the top left-hand corner


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Dairy at Kimbolton for His Grace the Duke of Manchester and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (360 x 512)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith, William Hamilton, or Giuseppe Sacco, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 197
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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