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SM Adam volume 29/97


[1] Design showing a plan of the first scheme for the house, 1775, unexecuted


Plan of the house, and domestic offices, showing a rectangular house, with projecting canted end bays on both the principal and garden fronts, and at the other end of the building is an adjacent range, running away from the building, with two large tripartite windows, and connecting to a diagonally slanting conservatory, with a projecting central portion articulated by small circular towers


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of part of the House and Offices at Shaw Park The Seat of The Right Honorable Lord Cathcart / The Elevation of the Front if made upon this Line / Drawing Room / Eating Room / Passage / Conservatory and some measurements given (verso) 6

Signed and dated

  • 08/07/1775
    Adelphi July 8t. 1775.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (716 x 534)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


IHS IVILLEDARY / LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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