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SM Adam volume 45/8


[5] Unfinished design for a lodge, 1778, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-three-bay building, with an additional one-by-one bay projection to the rear. There is a stepped entrance in the first bay of the right-hand façade, and this leads to a tripartite suite of rooms, with an apsidal ended central room, which also forms a shallow canted bay in the principal front. The one-by-one bay room projecting to the rear is of an irregular octagonal form, and contains niches


bar scale of 3 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of Lodge at the Green Park for Lord William Gordon (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • April 1778
    Adelphi / 25.t April 1778.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (394 x 492)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


4 / Lord W.m Gordon / Number 2 (brown ink, in the hand of William Adam)


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 45
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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