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  • image SM Adam volume 41/74

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SM Adam volume 41/74


[3] Design for the interior layout of the principal storey of the house, c1766-67, executed with alterations


Plan of the principal (ground) storey of a U-shaped house, with a double-pile, five-bay principal block, with a central hall accessed by a central porticoed entrance, with an Imperial staircase to one side, and the principal block is flanked by projecting eleven- and twelve-bay wings, with three-bay canted ends on the principal front. The left-hand wing contains a sculpture gallery as Adam volume 41/76, and an apsidal drawing room beyond, and the right-hand wing contains the kitchen and domestic rooms, and with pencil-drawn annotations showing curved external stairs on the principal front, and a rough elevation for a porch and balustrading as seen in Adam volume 41/73


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Newby (in pencil) / 1st design (in pencil) / Plan of the Alterations of a House of William Weddell Esqr / [ _ _ _ _ _ ] South (in pencil) / W (in pencil) / Dining Room / Room for Antiquitys / Anti Room / Drawing Room / Hall / Powdering Room / Servants room / Mr Weddells Dressing Room / Ladys Bed Room / Ladys Dressing Room / Water Closet / Powdering Room / Kitchen Continued (underwritten in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1766-67
    datable to 1766-67

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (366 x 496)


Adam office hand


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
Harris, 2001, pp. 356, 358
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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