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SM Adam volume 33/53


[14] Design for a rectangular house, 1769, unexecuted


Plan of a nineteen- by thirteen-bay house, with a large central circular anti room with niches, flanked by rectangular courts, and with the central five bays slightly projecting on the principal front, and behind a portico, and with a central five-bay bow on the garden front, and the end bays on the principal and garden fronts contain tripartite windows, and are slightly projecting on all fronts, and there are central three-bay bows on the sides, and the house contains reception and domestic rooms, and with pencil-drawn curved and straight stairs drawn around the portico on the principal front


bar scale of 1 1/8 inches to 10 feet


Another Design for Lowther Hall / the seat of Sir James Lowther Bart (all in the hand of William Adam) / First Anti room / Saloon or 2d. Anti Room / Anti room / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Cabinet / Statue Gallery / Library / Dining Room / Water Closet / Servts Bed room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Servts Bed room / Water Closet / Water Closet / Passage / Bed Chamber / Powdering room / Servts Bed room / Water Closet / Court / Hall / Anti room / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Cabinet / Picture Gallery / 2d Drawing Room / Drawing room / Servts Bed room / Water Closet / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Servts Bed room / Water Closet / Court / Water Closet / Serts Bed room / Powdering room / Passage / Bed Chamber / Water Closet / No. 11 / Sir James has no Copy of / this but has a Sketch / of the front in Lines and measurements given (verso) Lowther Hall (in pencil) / Principal Story of a Square Plan (on a small separate sheet of paper affixed to the verso of the drawing)

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    Novr. 14. 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (927 x 587)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 131
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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