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image SM Adam volume 32/23

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SM Adam volume 32/23


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


Elevation of the north front of a house, with a two-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay principal block, with quoins, and a shallow hipped roof, and with a one-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay wing to the right-hand side, with a hipped roof


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 10 feet


Lord Lisburne (in pencil) / North Front (in pencil) / North front of Mamhead / one of the Seats of Lord Viscount Lisburne (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 16/05/1777
    Adelphi / May 16t 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (724 x 515)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


JWHATMAN and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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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