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SM Adam volume 26/155


[1] Preliminary design for a house, ND, unexecuted


Plan of the bedchamber storey of a house and the flanking domestic offices. The central three bays of the principal front are projecting and set behind a portico, with the flanking bays set behind a colonnade. There is a central bifurcated staircase which links to bedrooms and oval rooms with niches. To the rear there is a further staircase and a water closet. The central block is flanked by curved colonnades(?) and further staircases. Beyond this there is a stable block on the left-hand side, and a large rectangular space to the right


not to scale


Cavendish square / Extend 159 and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (201 x 102)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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