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image SM Adam volume 34/20

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SM Adam volume 34/20


[25] Finished drawing for a three-block house, 1779, unexecuted


Plan of the principal storey of a house with a square central block with three bays of tripartite windows on the principal front, and five bays on the garden front, and containing reception rooms, and a central oval staircase, flanked by recessed, single-bay wings, the roofs of links, and three-bay rectangular pavilions containing bedrooms for servants


bar scale of 9/10 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of Great Saxham House in Suffolk the Seat of Hutchinson Mure Esqr (the Seat of Hutchinson Mure Esqr in the hand of William Adam and under written in pencil) / Servants Bed room / Servants room / Stair Case / Closet / Serts bed room / Lady Dressing room / Dressing room / Great Drawing Room / Water Closet / Closet / Lobby / Bed Chamber / Antichamber / Back Stairs / Bed Chamber / Gentlemans Dressing Room / Dressing Room / Servants Bed Room / Closet / Closet / Staircase / Servants Room / Servants Bed Room and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (961 x 365)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, additions to inscription in the hand of William Adam


No 6 / 6 (on a small separate sheet affixed to the verso)


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Rowan, 1985, p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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