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SM Adam volume 33/45


[21] Preliminary design for a rectangular house, 1771, unexecuted


Plan of a tripartite house, arranged around a central circular court, flanked by rectangular courts, one with the kitchen in the middle, and the other with a chapel in the middle, and the courts are enclosed by ranges of rooms, with octagonal, circular and square towers affixed to the façade, and with a central five-bay bow in the garden front, and three-bay bows on the principal and garden fronts, and the house contains, service, domestic and reception rooms


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 10 feet


Plan of a New design for Lowther Hall the Seat of Sir James Lowther (the Seat of Sir James Lowther in the hand of William Adam, copied from above in feint pencil) / N.B. The Red Lines are the right ones (underwritten in pencil) / Sir James has a fairy Copy of this / No. 19 / Dressing Room / Servts Bed / Powdering Room / Toilet / Lady Mary's Dressing Room / Bed Chamber / Dressing Room / P. Room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / P. Room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Servts Room / Anti room / Drawing Room / Drawing Room / Great Drawg room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Court / Roof over Kitchen / Court / Anti Room / Summer Eating Room / Anti room / Summer Drawing Room / The Great Gallery from North to South / 3 Windows like Venetians / Court / Chaple / Court / Bed Chamber / Servants Bed / Bed Chamber / Family Gallery / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Winter Drawing Room / Ladys Dressing room / P / Room / Bed Chamr / Passage / Gentlemans Dress room and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    Janry 26t.1771.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen and pencil on laid paper (498 x 496)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




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



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