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Preliminary designs for remodelling Buckingham House and its entrance gate, c1761-63, unexecuted (6)

In this design Adam was taking Buckingham house as it existed, and doubling its size by extending the pavilions and closing the courtyard with an additional range. Tait notes that he was trying to balance the building both externally and internally, by creating different apartments for the King, Queen, and Prince of Wales. According to Bolton, Adam never took his plan for Buckingham House beyond the rough preliminary designs in the Soane collection as 'he must have felt that counter influences were too strong', but this is incorrect as we know that there is a presentation drawing for Adam's proposed scheme in the collection at Hovingham Hall. Moreover, according to Tait, Adam's scheme for remodelling the principal (east) front differed little from Chambers's executed design, suggesting that Chambers may have been aware of Adam's scheme.
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