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SM Adam volume 43/97


[3] Finished drawing for the house, 1761, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a U-shaped house as Adam volume 43/96, but with a central three-bay portico on the principal (east) front, accessed by external stairs


bar scale of 1 1/5 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the principal Story of Osterley House in Middlesex, One of the Seats of / Francis Child Esquire / The Faint Shadowing Shows what is already Built & the Dark Colour / the proposed Additions / Great Drawing room / Gentlemans Dressing room / principal Bed Chamr / Ladys Dressing room / Gallery / Staircase / Antichamber / Hall / Water Closet / Breakfast Room / Great Dining Parlour / Closet / Ladys dressing room / Family Bed Chamber / Mr Childs Dressing room / Closet and measurements given and rough pencil calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    Robt Adam Architect 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (486 x 558)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Agostino Brunias




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Stillman, 1966, p. 68
Harris, 1994, p. 24
Harris, 2001, pp. 158, 160
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 194, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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