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SM Adam volume 44/107


[1] Finished drawing for a coach house, 1779, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a five-bay coach house. The central three bays are one-and-a-half storeys high and contain three coach houses behind an arcade articulated by lotus-capital pilasters, surmounted by a frieze of enclosed rosettes, and with an attic composed of military trophies flanking a tapering pediment containing a clock and ornamented with festoons, rosettes, ox skulls and drops of bell flowers, and surmounted by sphinxes flanking a Doric monopteral colonnade supporting a dome and bell. The central three bays are flanked by single-storey, single-bay lodges with arched doors, and a string course of roundels


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Design of Stable Offices for General Plaistow / Plan of the Stables (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) Gen’l Plaistow

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (356 x 495)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


JKOOL surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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