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SM Adam volume 37/44


[3] Finished drawing for the ground storey of a building, 1764, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a twenty-one by fifteen-bay building, formed around an off-axis courtyard. The southwest front has a central entrance flanked by canted bays, and this leads to a colonnaded hall. To the northwest there is an octagonal kitchen, with apses containing stoves and coppers, and to the southeast there is a circular drawing room with apses. The courtyard has an entrance through the northwest façade, a colonnade to the southeast which links to domestic offices, and with passages to the northeast and southwest. The rooms in the northeast range include and octagonal bedroom with apses, an apsidal anti chamber and vestibule, a central drawing room, and an octagonal library with its entrance set behind a moving partition. The rooms in the southeast range include a gallery with niches and a colonnaded screen, and a dining room. The towers containing the library and a drawing room project with two-bay link blocks, forming an irregular southeast façade


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of Luton Castle in Bedfordshire one of the Seats of the Right Hon.ble / The Earl of Bute / Court / Wash house / Bed Chamber- / Dressing room / Anti Chamber / Drawing room / Vestible / Library / Library / The Book Cases Occupy the whole Side of the octagon / Stewards Dining room / Gallery / Housekeepers room / Closet / Serv.ts Waiting room / Passage / Butlers Pantry / Dining room / Great Stairs / Drawing room / Private Stairs / Drawing room / Antichamber- / Hall / Water closet / Chapel / Wet Larder / Dry Larder / Scullery / Kitchen / Servts Dining room / under this Rooms for powdering &ct. / Extends 217ft. 1In and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    Robt Adam Architect 1764.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (532 x 505)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 21
Russell, 1992, pp. 44-47
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 12; Volume II, pp. 85, 131, 163
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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