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SM Adam volume 42/99


[8] Fnished drawing for a second scheme for the house, 1765-74, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a house with a five-by-four-bay central block, with the central three bays on the principal front slightly projecting, and with a central tripartite entrance, flanked by niches, and with straight external stairs on the principal front, and splayed external stairs on the garden front, and containing reception rooms. The central block is flanked by five-bay colonnaded quadrant links, and five-bay domestic wings, with the end bays slightly projecting, one of which contains stables, and the other contains the kitchen


bar sale of 7/8 inch to 1 foot


Principal Story of a house for Anthony Chamier Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Stable / Stable / Cow House / Necessr / Dairy / Drawing room / Dining room / Breakfast room / Hall / Dressing room / Water Closet / Brew House / Wash house / Scullery / Bake House / Kitchen / Larder / Pantry and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1765-1774
    date range: 1765-74

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (524 x 358)


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


4 / 2 / 4 / 2


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 125
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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