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Reference number

SM Adam volume 42/98


[7] Finished drawing for a second scheme for the house, 1765-74, unexecuted


Plan of the half-sunk basement of the central block of a house, being five bays on the garden front, and four bays on the principal front, with the central two bays slightly projecting, and containing service and domestic rooms, and being flanked by the footprint of ground-storey quadrant links and pavilions


bar sale of 7/8 inch to 1 foot


Ground Story of a house for Anthony Chamier Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Butlers Bed room / Plate room / Butlers Pantry / wine / wine Vaults / Stewards Eating room or Still room / Housekeepers Bedroom / Store room / Small Beer / Servants Hall and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1765-1774
    date range: 1765-74

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (532 x 364)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


3 / 1 / 3 / 1


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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