- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Rob.t Adam Architect 1771
Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or William Hamilton
Adam volume 32/101 - 32/103 are not dated, but Lea highlights the probability they were completed after July 1771, when the plot was extended to the north and west following additional land leases made to Lord Apsley on the 13th July 1771. The plans show how the line of the south wall remains skew, and Lea suggests that this is perhaps due to the line of the park wall.
The first floor plan lists further chimneypieces for the Bedchamber, adjacent closet and powdering room. If these pieces were executed they do not survive the subsequent works by Wyatt (1828-1830).
Harris, 2001(b), pp. 99-100
Lea, 2005, p.9
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.
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