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image SM Adam volume 2/188

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SM Adam volume 2/188


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


Rough plan of a five- by nine-bay house, with a central tripartite window on the principal front, and the end bays projecting, with a central three-bay bow on the garden front and one of the side fronts, and with a central three-bay colonnade on the other side front, and containing a central imperial staircase, and a large circular room behind the bow on the garden front


not to scale


Sir James Lowther

Signed and dated

datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (111 x 131)


Robert Adam


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



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