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SM Adam volume 41/19


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


Plan of the ground storey of a building with a colonnaded, seven-bay central block, with projecting wings four bays in length and one bay wide, with a three-bay service court adjacent to the north side, and a three-bay pavilion adjacent to this, beyond a gateway


bar scale of 1/11 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Ground Story of The Right Honble The Lord Willoughby de Brooks house at Compton / Great Drawing Room / China Closet / Private Drawing Room / Dressg Room / Principal Bed Chamber / Great Parlour / Hall / Private Dining Room / Butlers room / Vestibule / Portico / Servants Hall / Library / Study & Breakfasting Room / Open Court / Stewards room / Smoking Room / Area / Larder / Larder / Scullery / Open Court in which / it would be proper / to have a pump Well / Kitchen / Passage from the House to the Offices / Still Room / Plate Closet / Store Room / Wash / Brew House / Yard for Wood &c / Brew / Wash house / Bake house / N.B. The light Colour shews that part of the Building which remains unaltered / & that shaded of a darker Black is what is either to be added or Altered / The Light Red distinguishes the Offices from the Principal House / N.B. What is shaded with a Deep Red is / proposed to be added to enlarge the Brewhouse / & to get a little Store Room for Bread, Flower &c / adjoining to the Bake House and dimensions given (verso) 4 / 4

Signed and dated

  • 1760
    datable to 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and grey and pink washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (656 x 488)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 8
Bearman, 2000, pp. 105, 110
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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