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SM Adam volume 32/29


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


Elevation of the principal front of a house, with a three-storey, five-bay central block, with a hipped roof, and with the central three bays projecting, and with external stairs to the first storey, where there is a central door within a three-bay Doric portico supporting a pediment. The central block is flanked by two-storey, three-bay links, and beyond are three-storey, three-bay, pedimented pavilions


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the South West Front of Mamhead / one of the Seats of Lord Viscount Lisburne (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Adelphi July 4t. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (589 x 326)


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


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.



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