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SM Adam volume 4/138


[17] Preliminary design for remodelling Buckingham House and its entrance gate, c1761-63, unexecuted


Rough plan of a house containing four courts arranged in a grid, and with extrnal stairs, and a curved roadway leading to a porte cochère on one side. The building has the central three bays projecting on the same front as the porte cochère, and the end bays of each front is projecting, and on the other three fronts there is a central five-bay bow


to a rough scale


Kings Closet / Dressg room / Bed room / Anti room / Saloon or private Eating room / Anti room / Anti room / Bed room / Dressg room / Queens Closet / 3d or private Drawg rm / 2d Dg room / Picture gallery or Queens Publick drawing room / 2d a room / An. room / Portico / Hall / Saloon or first An. room / 2d An. room / 1st Levee room / 2d Levee room / Drawings / 3d L. room / 4th Levee room / Books / Court / Chapel (in pencil) / Anti room / Saloon or private Eating room / Servants room / Anti room / powderg room / dressing room / Cabinet / Anti room / Statue gallery or publicke eating room / Anti room / Court and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1761-1763
    date range: 1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (372 x 278)


Robert Adam



Exhibition history

Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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