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SM Adam volume 39/74


[3] Design for the Diocletian wing, 1769, executed with alterations


Plan of a building composed of two contiguous rectangular courts, with the central and end bays projecting on the principal and garden fronts, and with an additional L-shaped wing in one corner connecting to another building


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of Offices &c for Bowood one of the Seats of the Earl of Shelburne (one of the Seats of the Earl of Shelburne in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Den / Den / Den / Den / Green House / Green House / Room for uper (sic) Servants / Scullery / Kitchen and some measurements given (verso) 3 / Number 20 / Lord Shelburnes Offices at Bowood

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (763 x 518)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and IHS IVILLEDARY


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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