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image SM Adam volume 33/46

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SM Adam volume 33/46


[20] Preliminary design for a rectangular house, 1771, unexecuted


Plan of a house arranged around three courts, the interior arranged asymmetrically, but the exterior is arranged with a central block, articulated by projecting end bays, and with two small square towers flanking the centre of the principal front, and with a central bow in the garden front, and the central block is flanked by wings, which are recessed on both principal and garden front, but on the principal front the furthest end bay is projecting, and there is a circular tower in the corners between the projecting and recessed portions of the wings


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Lowther Hall the Seat of Sir Jas Lowther (in the hand of William Adam) / No. 15. / Sir James has a very imperfect / Copy of this Design it only / being part in Pencil & part in / Ink (verso) No 5. / Sir James Lowther (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (652 x 509)


Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 163
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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