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SM Adam volume 30/131


[4] Alternative design for the kitchen offices, 1764


Alternative elevation showing a one-storey, seven-bay link corridor, with a door in each of the end bays, and the central five bays containing windows within relieving arches, and to the right-hand side is an elevation of a two-storey, five-bay, pedimented pavilion, with a hipped roof


1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


Design for the Offices for The Right Honorable Lord Chancellor Henley (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given (verso) [Th]is to be placed Thirtyfirst (in red pen)

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    datable to 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (533 x 223)


Title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVH surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Geddes, 1986, p. 206
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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