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image SM Adam volume 1/238

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SM Adam volume 1/238


[1] Preliminary design showing a plan for the principal (ground) storey for the house, 1773, unexecuted


Rough plan of the principal (ground) storey of a house, with the central five bays projecting, with a central tripartite entrance on the principal front, accessed by external stairs. The flanking bays are articulated by engaged columns. The house contains reception and domestic rooms, and is set within a landscape, with an office court with apsidal ends to one side, attached by a three-bay link


not to scale


Road / Ground / Dining Room / Draw room / Sir James Library / PR / Lady Dressg / PR / [ _ _ _ _ _ ] &c / New Casks / Ashes / Coals / Entry / Bottles / Boots and some measurements given, and some rough calculations given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (232 x 156)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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