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SM Adam volume 43/26


[10] Record drawing for the house, 1762, partly executed with alterations


Elevation of a two-storey, five-bay central block, with a rusticated basement, with a three-bay arcaded loggia across the central bay, and flanked by paired dog-leg stairs, and with Venetian windows within relieving arches in the central and end bays, and with aedicular windows in the second and fourth bays, and the end bays are surmounted by lean-to pitched roofs, and there is a Corinthian portico across the central three bays, with an additional half storey, and surmounted by a pediment. The central block is flanked by two-storey, five-bay links, with windows within an arcade of relieving arches on the ground storey, and windows alternating with niches behind an Ionic colonnade on the upper register, and two-storey, three-bay pedimented and domed pavilions, with balustraded windows on the first storey


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Front of Witham House for / William Beckford Esqr (all in the hand of William adam) and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    datable to 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (1138 x 511)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with addition to inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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