During the 1770s additions and alterations were made to the interior by James Wyatt (1746-1813). The only element of Adam's interior decorative scheme that did not receive any alteration was the library ceiling. In 1939 Shardeloes was volunteered as a maternity hospital, in 1957 the contents were sold, and in 1958 it was divided into twenty flats, but happily the eighteenth-century interior is well preserved.
As well as the Adam drawings for Shardeloes held at Sir John Soane's Museum there are also six drawings in the RIBA Drawings Collection which were donated in 1960 by a member of the Tyrwhitt-Drake family: a plan and laid out wall elevations for the great parlour (1761); a plan and laid out wall elevation for the dressing room, with a plan and section of the ceiling on an attached fly leaf (1761); a plan and section of the portico (1764); a ground plan of the domestic offices (N.D.); a first-floor plan of the domestic offices (1761); and an elevation of the domestic offices (1761). There is also a collection of uncatalogued Adam drawings for Shardeloes belonging to the Tyrwhitt-Drake family.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume I, pp. 145-156, Volume II, Index p. 28; J. Lees-Milne, The age of Adam, 1947, p. 90; J. Harris, 'Shardeloes: a lasting tribute to a remarkable restoration', The Connoisseur, December 1961, pp. 268-275; E. Harris, The furniture of Robert Adam, 1963, pp. 100, 103-104; D. Stillman, The decorative work of Robert Adam, 1966, pp. 47, 62-63, 90, 91, 97-98; Catalogue of the drawings collection of the RIBA, 1968, pp. 16-17; D. Yarwood, Robert Adam, 1970, pp. 101-102; N. Pevsner, and E. Williamson, The buildings of England: Buckinghamshire, 1994, pp. 617-619; D. King, The Complete Works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 184-185; E. Harris, The country houses of Robert Adam: from the archives of Country Life, 2007, pp. 29-31; G. Worsley, 'Stiff Leadbetter', Ancient Monuments Society Transactions 53, 2009, pp. 60, 76
I am grateful to William Tyrwhitt-Drake for information regarding the family's collection of Adam drawings for Shardeloes.
Frances Sands, 2011
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Contents of Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire: designs for exterior alterations, interior decoration, domestic offices, a gateway, and a banqueting house for William Drake, 1759-63 (43)
- Survey plan, 2 May 1759 (1)
- Three designs for the principal and side fronts of the house, 1761 (3)
- Design for the hall, as executed, 1761 (1)
- Finished drawing and record drawing for the ceiling of the hall, as executed, October 1761 (2)
- Two preliminary designs and two finished drawings for a ceiling, possibly for the hall, unexecuted, 1761 (4)
- Preliminary design, design, and finished drawing for a chimneypiece and overmantel for the hall, executed with alterations, 1761 (3)
- Design for a door for the hall, as executed, 1761 (1)
- Design for the large parlour (later the dining room), as executed, 1761 (1)
- Finished drawing of a ceiling for the great parlour, as executed, 1761 (1)
- Preliminary design and two finished drawings for a chimneypiece for the large parlour, executed with alterations, 1761 (3)
- Preliminary design for the drawing room, as executed, 1761 (1)
- Preliminary design, design, an unfinished alternative record drawing, and a record drawing for the ceiling of the drawing room, 1761 (4)
- Preliminary design and finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, as executed, 1761 (2)
- Design for the library, as executed, 1761 (1)
- Unfinished design for a ceiling for the library, as executed, 1761 (1)
- Preliminary design and two finished drawings for the chimneypiece for the library, executed with alterations, 1761 (3)
- Design for the dressing room, as executed with alterations, 1761 (1)
- Two finished drawings and a record drawing for a chimneypiece for the dressing room, unexecuted, 1761 (3)
- Preliminary design for a ceiling, 1761 (1)
- Preliminary design of an entablature, 1761 (1)
- Finished drawing of the principal front for a block of domestic offices, executed with alterations, 1761 (1)
- Record drawing for the soffit of the portico, executed with alterations, July 1763 (1)
- Finished drawing and record drawing for a gateway, unexecuted, c1761-3 (2)
- Finished drawing for a pavilion or banquetting house, unexecuted, c1761-63 (1)