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SM Adam volume 29/31


[11] Finished drawing showing a plan of the basement and ground storeys, and an elevation of the principal front for the third scheme, c1777, unexecuted


Half-sunk ground and principal (first) storey plans for a house, and elevation of the principal (south) front, showing a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay central block with a circular tower at the rear, forming a bow front, accessed on the principal floor by curving external stairs, and with an octagonal crenellated tower on the principal front, which rises another storey, and has a conical roof, and forms a canted bow, and with the central door and balustraded windows on the principal storey set within relieving arches, and the central block has bartizans on each corner, and it is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay links, and two-and-a-half-storey, three- by five-bay wings with canted bows to front and rear, across the ground and principal storeys, and articulated by engaged circular columns in the form of miniature towers, and this is surmounted by the flat-fronted second storey, and a stepped cable roof, and with service rooms on the ground storey, and domestic and reception rooms on the principal storey, and with a kitchen in the left-hand wing, and a drawing room in the right-hand wing


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


A Second Elevation & plans of Oaks Castle one of the seats of the Earl of Derby (in the hand of William Adam) / South Front / B (in pencil) / Scullery / Larder / Larder / Kitchen / Anti room / My Lords Dressg Closet / Bed Chamber / My Ladys Dressg room Salon / China Closet / Eating room / Passage / Hall / Ante room / Drawing room / Plan of the Principal Story / Wine in Casks / Wine binns / Beer Cellar / Valets room / Housekeepers room / Store room / Stewards room / Writing room / Servants Hall / Butlers room / pantry / Wine binns / Plan of the Ground Story / Design B £8903.12.0 (in pencil) / A Second Elevation & plan of Oaks Castle one of the seats of the Earl of Derby (in pencil) and some measurements given (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (441 x 606)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Rowan, 1985, p. 106
Rowan, October 1985, p. 678
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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