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SM Adam volume 33/104


[2] Design for the ground storey of an additional block, c1763-78, unexecuted


Plan of the ground-storey of a seventeen-bay building, with a central stepped entrance set within a canted bay. The entrance leads to a rectangular hall with a colonnaded screen. To the west of the hall there are three staircases, with a room containing canted bay windows beyond. To the rear of the building there is a room that projects on the western side of the building, and this contains a further staircase. East of the hall there is a rectangular room, with a passageway containing a further staircase to the north. The room links to a south east room with a canted bay window


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of an Addition to Temple Newsham for Lord Viscount Irwin- (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Lord Irwin (pencil) / Screen in Gibbs (?) drawing (modern curatorial hand, Arthur Bolton, pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1763-78
    date range: 1763-78. See scheme notes.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (641 x 490)


Office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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