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SM Adam volume 1/176


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


Rough plan of a five- by five-bay house, with a central staircase, a central three-bay canted bow on the garden front, a central three-bay segmental bow on the left-hand side, a tripartite entrance into the hall on the right-hand side, and the central three bays on the principal front are recessed and behind a screen of two columns


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Bed Chamber / Sr Jas Lowther Dressing Room / Dining Room / Vestible / Drawing Room / Hall / Antichamber / Lady Marys Dressg room / Portico and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (155 x 139)


Robert Adam


(19) fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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