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SM Adam volume 41/23


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


Part plan of a two-room cellar of the east range of the service court


bar scale of 1/11 inch to 1 foot


Compton House the Seat of Lord Willoughby de Broke (in the hand of William Adam) Beer Cellar / Wine Cellar with / Catacombs of brick / Window by which Hogsheads / are let down into the Cellars / Plan of a Wine Cellar & Small Beer Cellar / proposed under the Still Room & Washing House / to be Arched as shewed by the Plan & Section and dimensions given (verso) 2 / Number five / Lord Willoughby de Broke / Offices / 2

Signed and dated

  • 1760
    datable to 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (519 x 330)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam with 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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