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image SM Adam volume 32/25

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/25


[27] Design for the second scheme of alterations to the house, 1777


Plan of the first storey asAdam volume 32/24, but without the central porch on the principal front, and with the windows balustraded on the south front of the principal block, and containing bedrooms and dressing rooms


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 10 feet


1 Pair Story (in pencil) / Plan of the Bed Chamber Storey of Mamhead House / one of the Seats of Lord Viscount Lisburne (in the hand of William Adam) / Servants bed room / Servants bed room / Servants Bed room / Servants Bed room / Servants Bed room / Servants Bed room / Nursery / Bed room / Bed room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed room / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Lady Lisburne's Dressing room with each room name underwritten in pencil, and measurements given

Signed and dated

Adelphi / May 16t 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (488 x 752)


Office hand, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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



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