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SM Adam volume 39/41


[5] Finished alternative drawing for the house by an unknown architect, N.D., unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (south-west) front of a two-storey, nine-bay central block, with a hipped, balustraded roof, and a central three-bay Corinthian portico and pediment, flanked by one-storey, five-bay, Doric colonnaded links, with flat roofs, and two-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay pavilions, with hipped roofs, and the central three bays projecting and surmounted by a pediment


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Design for a house at Eyton one of the Seats of the Earl of Bute (in the hand of William Adam) underwritten in pencil / The Front of house & Offices / to South West Aspect / Ground raised for the Coach way up to the portico

Signed and dated

  • N.D.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (533 x 254)


Unknown eighteenth-century architect, additions to inscriptions in the hand of William Adam




LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 125
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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