- Robert and James Adam office drawings
The pencil annotations show that this design comprised the third scheme. It is listed here as the fifth scheme as it appears to comprise the fifth scheme among the extant drawings, but the annotations suggests that it was the third scheme which was drawn out in finished drawings and presented to Lord Derby. Indeed, the intervening schemes – here listed as second and fourth – were presumably never presented to Lord Derby, or developed beyond the early design phase.
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Contents of 5th scheme for the house, c1777, unexecuted
-  Preliminary design for the fifth scheme for the house, c1777, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing showing the basement and ground storeys, and an elevation of the principal front for the fifth scheme for the house, c1777, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing showing the first and second storeys, and an elevation of the garden front for the fifth scheme for the house, c1777, unexecuted