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SM Adam volume 29/17


[1] Survey plan showing the layout of the house, 1759


Ground floor plan of a quadrangular house, with a closed colonnade - open to the interior - on the entrance range, and a double pile arrangement within the other three ranges, and with canted bays and a projecting chapel chancel


bar scale of 1/13 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Ground Story of Castle Ashby. belonging to the Marquis of Northampton / Closet / Star Chamber / Parlour / Butlers Store Room / Stewards Room / Kitchen / Still Room / Servants Hall / Vestible / Stone Room / Bow Room / Drawing Room / Hall / Dining Room / Ante Room / Breakfast Room / Bed Room / Bed Chamber / Dressg Room / Chaple / Court and some room dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (602 x 500)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam, incorrectly naming the patron as the Marquis of Northampton rather than the Earl of Northampton


LVILLEDARY / and LVG and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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