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SM Adam volume 54/7/202


[15] Preliminary design for a rectangular house, 1769, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of a three-storey, three-bay house, with a balustraded, hipped roof, and with projecting end bays, and with a central Venetian window-shaped entrance, beyond which is the hall and an imperial staircase, flanked by reception and dressing rooms, and above the hall is a balustraded balcony, beyond which are three bays articulated by engaged columns, and with windows illuminating the staircase. There is a three-bay recessed and screened portion on one side front, a central three-bay canted bow on the other side front, and the rear elevation is irregular, with one half projecting


not to scale


Bed Chamr / Se James Dressg / Dining room / Lady Mary Dressg room / Antiroom / Hall / Vestibule / Drawg room / South (in pencil) / Gallery over / Mr Woodcock and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (201 x 316)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 131
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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