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SM Adam volume 1/37


[10] Preliminary design for a D-shaped house, 1779, unexecuted


Plan of the bedchamber storey of a D-shaped house, with an eleven-bay, principal front, with the central three bays, and two bays at each end slightly projecting, and with a thirteen-bay curved garden front, with the first, fifth, ninth, and thirteenth bays projecting. The house contains various bedrooms and dressing rooms, and a central oval staircase


to a scale


Anti Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Dressing room / B / DR / BR / DR / DR

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (342 x 201)


Robert Adam


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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