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SM Adam volume 34/19


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


Plan of the ground storey of a house with a square central block, with three bays on the principal front, and five bays on the garden front, and containing service and domestic rooms, and a central oval staircase, flanked by recessed, single-bay wings, links which are seven bays behind a colonnade on the principal front, and five bays on the garden front, three-bay rectangular pavilions, and beyond are domestic courts, with a Greek cross-shaped building to the far side of each court, being a brew house to the left, and a cow house to the right


bar scale of 9/10 inch to 10 feet


Ground 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 underwritten in pencil) / Scullery / Brew House / Necessy / Kitchen Court / Bake House / Wet Larder / Scullery / Staircase / Kitchen / Dry Larder / Cooks Pantry / Passage / Necessy / Place for Coalls (sic) / Servants Hall / Passage / House keepers room / Breakfast room / Parlour / Loby (sic) / Back Stairs / Still Room / Hall / Stewards Room / Valets Room / Passage / Mr Mures Room / Place for Coales (sic) / Necessr / Passage / Wash House / Scullery to Dairy / Dairy / Drying Yard / Necessy / Cow House and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (963 x 350)


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


No 5 / 5 (on a small separate sheet affixed to the verso)


IHS IVILLEDARY and 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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