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SM Adam volume 43/25


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


Elevation of a three-storey, pedimented, five-bay central block, flanked by two-storey, recessed bays, with pitched roofs, and Venetian windows within relieving arches on the first floor, the whole surmounted by three acroteria and figurative sculpture. This is flanked by two-storey, four-bay links, and two-and-a-half storey, three-bay domed and pedimented pavilions


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Back Front of a New Design for Witham Park / William Beckford Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    Robt Adam Archit 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (514 x 1304)


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


1 / W. Beckford Esqr Back Witham House 21/6


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



Exhibition history

Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing, Sir John Soane's Museum, 4 October 1996 - 1 March 1997; The Frick Collection, New York, December 1997 - April 1998; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May - June 1998; The Octagon Museum, Washington, July 1998 - January 1999; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, February - March 1999

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