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SM Adam volume 33/44


[19] Finished drawing for a rectangular house, 1769, unexecuted


Plan of a five-bay house, with a central three-bay colonnade on the principal front, behind which is a hall, and then an imperial staircase, and with a central three-bay bow on the garden front, behind which is a circular room, and on one side the central three bays are recessed and behind a screen of two columns, and on the other side there is a central three-bay canted bow


bar scale of 1 1/3 inch to 10 feet


Sir James has a Copy in Pencil only / (and in pencil) / a Modern house for Sir James Lowther / N.B. the Plan for the Great Castle is the next page / Bed Chamber / / Servants room / Lady Mary's Dressing room / Anti Chamber / Water Closet / Hall / Eating room / Anti Room / Drawing Room / Sir James Lowthers Dressing room and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (543 x 329)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 131, 163
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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