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SM Adam volume 1/36


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


Plan of the principal storey of a D-shaped house, with an eleven-bay, principal front, with a central three-bay porte-cochère with additional stairs, and the central three bays, and two bays at each end are slightly projecting. The thirteen-bay curved garden front of the house has advanced, tripartite windows in the first, fifth, ninth, and thirteenth bays, and between these are three recessed bays behind a colonnade of paired columns, with windows in the second, third, fourth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth bays, but with blind windows in the sixth and eighth bays, flanking a tripartite window in the seventh bay. The house contains various reception rooms, and a central oval staircase


to a scale


Library / Dress / Parlor / Library / Hall / Gentlemans Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Breakfast room / Mr Mures Dressg room / Eating room / Antiroom or Breakfast room / Drawing room / Ladys Dressing room / W / W / W and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (357 x 251)


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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