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SM Adam volume 41/83


[1] Design for the ground storey of a house and office, c1773, possibly executed


Plan of the ground storey of an eleven-bay building with a stepped portico entrance in the west front, and a five-bay bow entrance, set behind a colonnaded screen in the east front. The principal western entrance leads to a large hall flanked by rectangular rooms. Beyond the hall there is a central passage that runs the length of the building. The passage contains niches and links to a central picture gallery with a bow window, and this is flanked by dressing rooms. To the south of the principal building there is a three-bay block which contains a library, dressing room, water closet and a circular staircase. To the north of the principal building there is a five-bay block with central stepped entrances to the west and east. The block contains two central staircases, with a dressing room and wardrobe to the east, and domestic offices to the west. The five-bay block links to a further block containing domestic offices formed around a small courtyard accessed from the west. The court links to a kitchen with two ranges. Beyond this block there is an L-shaped block containing further domestic offices, including a bake house with a large oval bread oven and a copper. The brew house and the dairy scullery contain further coppers, and the bake house and dairy contain staircases leading to an upper level


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Principal Story of Ray Hall the seat of Sir James Wright Baronet- (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Hen House / Dairy / Scullery to Dairy / Brew House / Bake House / Scullery / Dry Larder / Kitchen / Kitchen Court / Servants Hall / Water Closet / Wardrobe / Staircases / Housekeepers room / Butlers Pantry / Lobby / Lady Wright’s Dressing Room / Ladys Drawing Room / Picture Gallery / Hall / Stone Chimney Piece / Gentleman’s Drawing Room / Library / Water Closet / Dressing Room / 81 (pencil) and some dimensions and figures given

Signed and dated

  • c1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1114 x 496)


Office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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