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Mr Palmer: unexecuted designs for an unknown house, c1758-68 (6)

Signed and dated

  • c1758-68


Mr Palmer is unknown, but Bolton has suggested that he might be Palmer, steward to the Duke of Bedford. The intended location for this house is not known, and the scheme is not thought to have been executed.

The drawings are undated, but their appearance and style suggests that they were made during the early years of the Adam office, and have here been given a speculative date of c1758-68.

A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 56, 83; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 136

Frances Sands, 2015



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Contents of Mr Palmer: unexecuted designs for an unknown house, c1758-68 (6)