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SM Adam volume 36/4


[9] Design for a building, 1787, unexecuted


Longitudinal section of the first and second storeys of the main block, and part of the first storey of the rear right-hand wing. At the front of the building there is a one-and-a-half storey room with an composite screen, flanked by niches containing urns, and surmounted by a semi-circular-headed arch. This is flanked by reclining draped figures, and there is a tablet above, ornamented with rosettes and swags, surmounted by an urn flanked by sphinxes, and with an apron formed with a part-patera. All this is set within a relieving arch, and there is a further room beyond the screen, which contains a fireplace. To the rear there is an octagonal room surmounted by a conical oculus. This leads to a projecting wing containing a room with a coved ceiling and a central bowed window, flanked by composite columns. At the second-storey level of the main block, there are two further rooms


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Whites Chocolate House / Section through the House from E to F. / Whites Chocolate House (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1787
    Robt Adam Architect 1787.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including Naples yellow and pink on laid paper (616 x 384)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 50
Sheppard, 1960, pp. 457-58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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