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SM Adam volume 36/100


[4] Design for a house, 1790, partly executed


Ground plan of an L-shaped house, with a long western range, and two shorter southern ranges. The long western range has a projecting central block containing a three-bay entrance composed of a central window or door flanked by slit windows, and set behind a portico of paired columns; and this central block is flanked by single-bay recessed blocks containing windows; and these are flanked by single-bay blocks which are further recessed and contain doors; and beyond are projecting end bays which contain tripartite windows: one blind and one open. The end bay to the left (north) with a blind tripartite window, has a three-bay side elevation, and the end bay to the right (south) with an open tripartite window, is connected to one of the short southern ranges, with a seven-bay south front containing a central door, flanked by a slit window and a window to each side, and with a tripartite window in the slightly projecting end bay. This southern range has a three-bay link to the rear, connected to the western range, as well as the other southern range, which is shown with three bays, but is incomplete in the drawing. The first of the two southern ranges is drawn in pink, communicating that this part of the design was being designed and next to be built


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story / for John Fenton Cawthorn Esqr (for John Genon Cawthorn Esqr in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Stables / Water Closet / Court / Mr Cawthorns Dressing room / Drawing room / Passage / Parlor / Passage / Area / Eating room / Hall / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Powdering room / Water Closet / Housekeepers room / Butlers room and some measurements given (verso) Fenton Cawthorne Esqr / 4/3 / 21 (in pencil) / these Plans go 21st into the Book / 5

Signed and dated

  • 05/06/1790
    Right copy / 5t. June 179[cropped] datable to 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash on laid paper (514 x 369)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


Fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 53
Rowan, 1985, p. 82
Rowan, 1988, p. 100
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 165
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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