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SM Adam volume 43/29


[5] Finished drawing for the house, 1762, partly executed with alterations


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a five-bay central block, with a tripartite window in the central and end bays, and with paired dog-leg external stairs on the principal front, and the end bays are considerably recessed on both fronts, and flanked by five-bay links, with colonnades on the principal front, and three-by-three-bay pavilions


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of Witham House / for William Beckford Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Kitchen Continued / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Water Closet / Corridor / Drawing Room / Dining Room / Parlour / Hall / Lady's Dressing Room / Principal Stair Case / Breakfasting Room / Principal Bed Chamber / Dressing Room / Water Closet / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Corridor / Brew House Continued / Laundry and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    Robt Adam Architect 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (1302 x 515)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with addition to inscription in the hand of William Adam


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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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