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SM Adam volume 46/1


[6] Finished drawing for a country house, c1790, partly executed


Above - Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay building, with a pitched roof, and with a central, projecting pedimented bay. This has a stepped, porticoed entrance, articulated by Doric pilasters. Above this, at first storey level, there is a half-height tripartite window, and with a Diocletian window in the upper register. The central bay is flanked by single-bays, with quarter-height windows at basement level, arched windows above, and with oculi in the upper register. This central building is flanked by submerged, three-bay link buildings, with quarter-height windows at basement level, and surmounted by wrought iron railings. Beyond this, there are single-story pavilions, with Venetian windows, and each surmounted by a weather vane. There are alterations (in pencil) showing the submerged link building Below - Plan of a three-by-one-bay house, with a stepped north entrance leading to a hall with niches and a colonnaded screen. Beyond this there is a rectangular space, with a central stairwell set within a square compartment. To the south there is a circular room with windows, forming a bowed front to the south. There are faint preliminary drawings (pencil) for a plan of the flanking east and west wings, with link passages and stepped entrances leading to square pavilions


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Lord Delaval at Claremont (in the hand of William Adam) / North (pencil) / faint pencil inscription and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (421 x 259)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 139
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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