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image SM Adam volume 21/232

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SM Adam volume 21/232


[2] Preliminary design for the house, 1762, unexecuted


Rough plans of the principal (first) and bedchamber (second) storeys of a five- by nine-bay house, containing reception rooms on the principal storey, and bedrooms and dressing rooms on the bedchamber storey, and with a central five-bay bow on the garden front


to a rough scale


Bed Chamber / Story / Bed Chamr / Great Dressing Room / Dressing room / Dressing room / Lobby or Landing of the Great Stairs / Bed Chamr / attick Story / Bed Room / Dressg room / Bed Room / Dressing room / Bed Room / Principal / Story / Library / Great Drawing Room / the niche 24 within the sqr of the Room / Great dining Room / Common parlor / Side Board / Vestibule / Music Room and measurements and calculations given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    datable to 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (274 x 377)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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