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SM Adam volume 43/95


[7] Record drawing for the house, 1761, unexecuted


Axial section, running from the garden (west) front to the principal (east) front, through a three-storey house. There is a curved ironwork staircase on the garden front, and one corner tower shown in profile, and beside this the interior of the central block is shown, with a partly vaulted cellar, and a hall with grotesque panels on the walls, accessed up external stairs, and beneath a Corinthian portico, and beside this is seen the south front of the northern projecting wing, being a three-storey, five-bay wing, with a balustraded and hipped roof, and with a corner tower shown in profile


bar scale of 1 1/5 inches to 10 feet


Section through Osterly House from West to Eat / the Seat of Francis Child Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Finished copy at Osterley (in pencil in the hand of A.T. Bolton)

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (533 x 367)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Agostino Brunias, with additional title inscription in the hand of William Adam






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Stillman, 1966, p. 68
Rowan, 1988, p. 64
Harris, 1994, p. 24
Harris, 2001, pp. 160, 350
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 194, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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