Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [4] Design showing a part plan and elevation for the principal front of the first scheme for the house, 1775, unexecuted


  • image SM Adam volume 29/93

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/93


[4] Design showing a part plan and elevation for the principal front of the first scheme for the house, 1775, unexecuted


Part plan and elevation of the principal front of the house and domestic offices, as in Adam volume 29/94, but from a slightly different angle, showing a two-storey, crenellated principal block on a slope, with the lower storey only visible at one end, and with a canted projection at one end containing pointed arched windows, and with slit windows on the ground storey, surmounted by arched windows, and to the right-hand side of this block is a crenellated colonnade, connected to a two-storey crenellated tower, with slit windows, and in front there is a single-storey, colonnaded pavilion with two pediments, beyond which is the diagonally slanting front of the conservatory, which is crenellated and with alternating circular towers and colonnaded portions, and the central bay has a large two-storey arched window, and this range terminates in a two-storey, crenellated square tower with slit windows


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


South West Elevation of part of the House & Offices with the new Conservatory & Collonades at Shaw Park / The Seat of The Right Honble Lord Cathcart / Taken from the line A. B on the Plan (verso) 2 / Lord Cathcart

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper, and the central of the three affixed sheets has a double ruled border (841 x 374)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


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



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).