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image SM Adam volume 32/30

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/30


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


Section through a house, as Adam volumes 32/28-29, 31-34, with a three-and-a-half-storey central block, flanked by two-storey, balustraded links, and three-storey pavilions (verso) preliminary design showing a plan similar to Adam volume 32/31, in pen and pencil


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Section of Mamhead House / one of the Seats of Lord Viscount Lisburne (all in the hand of William Adam) / Section from A to B as markd on the Plans and some measurements given (verso all in pencil) Wash house / Wine in Casks / Laundry / Still Room / Store Room / Housekeepers room / Wine in Bottles / Wine in Bottles / Stewards room / Servants Hall / Butlers Pantry / Bed Room / Larder / Pantry / D / Scullery / Kitchen

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Adelphi July 4t. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (594 x 414)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


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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