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Design and drawings for publication for the second scheme for a house, 1783, unexecuted (3)


This second variant scheme for Captain Pitt’s house is dated 22nd May 1783. It comprises a slightly less ornate variant for the house than the earlier designs (Adam volumes 54/78-79). The plan is also different: with the pavilions projecting forwards rather than backwards, the entrance hall is removed, the staircase and dressing room locations are swapped, the eating room bow is replaced with a small separate rectangular room, the water closets are removed, and the stairs between the links, pavilions and area are different

The plan for the first and second (bedchamber) storeys of the house (Adam volume 45/80) has previously been attributed as being part of the earlier, first scheme for the house alongside Adam volumes 45/78-79, but observation of the plans show that it actually corresponds with the later designs (Adam volumes 46/91-92) with the staircase in the rear left-hand corner of the house, rather than in the front left-hand corner. Rowan has noted that Adam volumes 46/91-92 were made for an unexecuted publication, with the pencil inscription ‘33d’ suggesting the design’s proposed placement within a book.



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