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image SM Adam volume 32/32

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/32

Purpose

[13] Design for the first scheme of alterations to the house, 1774, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of the principal (first) storey of a house, with a central block which is five bays across the principal front, and with a three-bay portico and external stairs, and three bays of tripartite windows across the garden front, and the central block is flanked by three-bay links, and three- by four-bay pavilions, and contains reception, service and domestic rooms

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Second Design / Plan of a House at Mamhead one of the Seats of Lord Viscount Lisburne (all in the hand of William Adam) / Principal Story (in pencil) / Principal Story / Wash house & Laundry Continued / Library / Eating Room / Drawing Room / Hall / Staircase / My Lord Dressing Room / Bed Chamber / Dressing Room / Bed Chamber for Ladys (...illegible, in feint pencil) / Bed Chamber (ber in pencil) / Dressing Room / Kitchen Continued and with the room names underwritten in pencil, and measurements given

Signed and dated

Adelphi July 4t. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (489 x 493)

Hand

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

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
Rowan, 1988, p. 88
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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