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SM Adam volume 54/7/182


[1] Preliminary design for a house, 1761-63, unexecuted


Rough plan of a house, with a nine- by seven-bay central block. With a central stairwell, with one screened dog-leg staircase, and one screened curved staircase. Beyond the stairwell is a drawing room with apses on three sides. There is a three-bay portico on the garden front, three-bay canted bows on each side, and a five-bay portico on the principal front, with paired external stairs. The central block is flanked by one-bay links, and pavilions with apsidal ends on the principal and garden fronts


not to scale


Lord Shelburne / Closet / Lady / Bed Rm / Music / Dress / Drawing / Hall / Eating Room

Signed and dated

  • 1761-1763
    date range: 1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (160 x 141)


Robert Adam



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