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SM Adam volume 37/45


[4] Finished drawing for the first storey of a building, 1764, unexecuted


Plan of the first storey of a twenty-one by fifteen-bay building, formed around an off-axis court yard which is surrounded by passages on three sides leading to rooms beyond. The southwest range has canted bays, and has rooms which include bedchambers, dressing rooms and a chapel. To the northwest there is an octagonal space with apses, which is divided to form domestic bedrooms. To the southeast there is a circular dressing room with apses. The rooms in the northwest range include further domestic bedrooms and a laundry. The rooms to the northeast include a circular, colonnaded bedchamber with circular closets and a staircase, further bedchambers, dressing rooms, and an octagonal bedchamber with niches, circular closets and a staircase. The rooms in the southeast range contain further bedchambers and dressing rooms, divided by a central passage. The towers to the southeast are projecting, with two-bay link blocks, and form an irregular façade


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Bed Chamber Story of Luton Castle in Bedfordshire- / one of the seats of the Earl of Bute (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)/ Bed Chamber / Closet / Dressing room / Bed Chamr / Passage / Dress.g room / Dress.g room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / My Lord's Dressing room / My Lord's Bed Chamber / Closet / Anti room / Bed Cham.r / Bed Chamber / Bed Cham.r / Passage / Dressing room / Bed Cham.r / Passage / Bed Chamber / Bed room / Dress.g room / Great Stair / Anti room / Dressing room / Bed Cham.r / Private Stairs / Bed Chamber / Closet / Dress.g room - / Water closets / Bed room / chapel / My Lords Servant's Bed room / Common Stewards B. Cham.r / Upper Servant's Bed room / Butlers Bed room / Land stewards Bed Cham.r / Stewards writing closet / Laundry / Extends over all 217. ft. 1. In. / 45 (pencil) 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 (531 x 506)


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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