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SM Adam volume 41/26


[1] Design for a new house, c1761-65, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey, of a house with a seven- by five-bay central block, with two narrow five-bay link corridors, and three-bay pavilions, containing circular rooms, and with bow fronts


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Ground Story of a House at Brodsworth for His Grace the Archbishop of York (in the hand of William Adam) / Valet's room / Closet / Secretary's room / Corridore / Butlers room / Butlers Pantry / Servants Hall / Stewards Room / Back Stairs / Principal Stairs / Sub Hall / Housekeepers room / Store room / Still room / Passage / Porter's room / Passage / Corridore / Back Kitchen / Passage / Larder / Larder / Pantry / Kitchen and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1761-65
    datable to c1761-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (603 x 487)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 123
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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