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  • image SM Adam volume 41/21

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/21


[4] Design for the house, 1760, executed with minor alterations


Plan of the garret storey of a building as Adam volume 41/19 but with only the roof of the domestic wing and colonnaded portico, and the pavilion not shown


bar scale of 1/11 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Garret Storey & Roof of the Offices of Compton House / the Seat of Lord Willoughby de Broke (in the hand of William Adam) / Lumber Room / Lumber Room / Leaded platform over the Portico / Platform / Plan of the Roof over Offices / Platform of Lead / N.B. By raising the Front / wall of the House up to the Levell / of the great Cornice are got two / Bed Rooms over the Hall / 9 feet High which receives / light over the Platform over / the Portico and by raising 10 / Steps or 5 ft 8 In more brings to / the Levell of Garret Floor an[d] / Appears by Section. / the Garret Rooms are / to receive light from / Dormer Windows in the / Roof as shewn by the Old / Part of the House as they / must correspond to them / But those that lie next the / Pediment will receive / light from the Windows / in the Pediment and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1760
    datable to 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and grey and pink washes on laid paper (531 x 498)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam, additions to the title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 8
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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