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SM Adam volume 54/7/219


[1] Preliminary design for the house, 1762, partly executed with alterations


Rough plan of a house with a five-by-four-bay central block, with a loggia across the central three bays on the principal front, with a pair of curved external stairs attached, and with these three bays recessed, and screened by two columns, and flanked in the end bays by tripartite windows, and with a central three-bay canted bow on the garden front. The central block is flanked by four-bay links, with a portico across the principal and garden fronts, and three-bay pavilions containing domestic offices


to a rough scale


Sketch for William Beckford Esqr (in pencil) / (and in pen and underwritten in pencil) Wash Ho / Brew house / Drawing room / Dining room / Dressing Room / Hall / Parlour / Larder / Scullery / Kitchen and some measurements given in pen and pencil, and some calculations in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    datable to 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (318 x 195)


Robert Adam


Rough pencil-drawn plans for another house




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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