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image SM Adam volume 54/7/186

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SM Adam volume 54/7/186


[25] Preliminary design for a dairy, c1767, unexecuted


Rough plan of an H-shaped building, with a two-bay central block, colonnaded on the principal and garden fronts with two columns, and flanked by one- by two-bay pavilions, one containing an octagonal tea room, and the other containing a circular dairy, and with a segmental court to the rear, connected to an additional, small rectangular one- by three-bay building, containing two bedrooms, and for which there is a rough elevation in the top left-hand corner of the sheet


to a rough scale


Dairy & c. / for Sir James Lowther / [ _ _ _ _ _ ] House / Kitchen / Tea Room / Washing Pales / Antiroom / Scullery to Dairy / Dairy / with China / Doric Front and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1767
    datable to c1767

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (327 x 203)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 222
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes



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