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image SM Adam volume 29/36

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SM Adam volume 29/36


[18] Finished drawing showing the basement and ground storeys and an elevation of the principal front of the sixth scheme, c1777, unexecuted


Plan of the ground and principal (first) storeys, and principal (south) front of the house, showing a two-storey, seven-bay central block, with the central three bays projecting, and with a central door, and the end bays projecting, and containing slit windows, and the central block is surmounted by the drum of a three-bay circular tower, with a conical roof, inside of which is a circular room, with a central door to the garden on the principal storey, accessed by a tapering external staircase, and the central block is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay links, with slit windows on the upper register, and beyond are squat two-storey, three-bay wings with rusticated ground storeys containing half-height windows, surmounted by oculus windows above, and the left-hand pavilion has a flat front and a hipped roof, and the right-hand pavilion has a canted front, and a conical hipped roof, and there are service rooms on the ground storey, and reception and domestic rooms on the principal storey, a kitchen in the left-hand pavilion, and a drawing room in the right-hand pavilion


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4th Elevation & Plan of Oakes Castle one of the seats of The Earl of Derby (in the hand of William Adam) / South Front / Scullery / Larder / Kitchen / My Lords Dressg closet / My Ladys Dressg closet / Bed Chamber / Salon / Eating room / Hall / Drawing room / Plan of the Principal Story / Stewards room / Housekeepers room / Servants Hall / Storeroom / Butlers room / Valets room / Pantry / Wine binns / Plan of the Ground Story / 4t Elevation & plan Of Oaks Castle one of the Seats of the Earl of Derby [ ____ ] D (in pencil) and some measurements given (verso) Lord Derby Oaks D / 2 / 2 / This to be placed Ninth (in red pen)

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (443 x 593)


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. 114
Rowan, October 1985, pp. 678, 684
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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