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SM Adam volume 41/94


[9] Design for farm offices, c1773, possibly executed


Above- Axial section of a farm office, with a Tuscan portico entrance to the east, and this links to a circular room with a domed ceiling. The room contains an entrance flanked by niches. In the western part of the building there are rooms at the ground and first-storey levels which contain fireplaces Below- Longitudinal section of a farm office with a hipped roof. Within the building there is a central circular room with a domed ceiling. The room contains an entrance flanked by semi-circular-headed windows(?). The room to the left has a coved ceiling, and a central window flanked by niches(?). Below the window there is a window seat with turned feet and tapering legs. The room to the right contains a central window


bar scale of 2 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Sections of Farm Offices for Sir James Wright (and in the hand of William Adam) at Ray Hall

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (510 x 276)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with part 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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