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SM Adam volume 34/27


[11] Design for a D-shaped house, 1779, unexecuted


Plan of a D-shaped house, with an eleven-bay principal front, and a thirteen-bay curved garden front. On the principal front the central three bays are slightly projecting, and behind a portico of engaged columns, and the end bays are projecting, and articulated by pilasters. The first, fifth, ninth, and thirteenth bays on the curved front are projecting, and contain tripartite windows, and between are three bays, with a central tripartite window, each behind a screen of two columns, The house has a central oval staircase, and a smaller oval back stair to one side, and contains reception rooms, dressing rooms, and a bedroom


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of Saxham House / the Seat of Hutchinson Mure Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Mr Mure's Dressing room / Water Closet / Breakfast Room / Closet / Eating Room / Anti room / Drawing Room / Water Closet / Lady's Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Servants room / Powdering room / Gentlemans Dressing room / Hall / Library and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779 Adel[phi cropped] / 3d A [gust cropped]

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink and yellow wash on laid paper (604 x 505)


Adam office hand, additions to inscription in the hand of William Adam


No / 4 (on a small separate affixed sheet) / These Plans should go with the Book


The inscription on the verso: These Plans should go with the Book probably refers to Robert and James Adam's proposed publication Designs for Castles and Country Villas. However, this project never came to fruition.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Rowan, 1985, p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p.126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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