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SM Adam volume 37/118


[3] Preliminary design for a castellated house, 1783, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of a five-block house. The central block is composed of an elliptical central block, with corner turrets on the garden front, flanked by links and projecting pavilions. There are four three-bay wings, attached to the central block by link walls enclosing courtyards


bar scale of 1/11 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Cellar Story of a Castle for Mr Stevenson [of a Castle for Mr Stevenson in the hand of William Adam] / Dairy maids room / Dairy / Passage / Wood & Coal / Place for Pigs / Hen house / Bake house / Cow house / Court / Privy / Beer Cellar / A / A / Wine Cellar binns (sic) / Ale Cellar / Water Closet / Court / Brew house Wash house & Laundry / Dog / Kennells / Coach house / Gateway / Stable / Stable / A A Incase (sic) additional Cellars / are wanted these walls to be / carried in low as the other Cellars / & the door to be built up with a / straight joint (in the hand of Robert Adam) and some dimensions given and some feint pencil annotations (verso) 2 / 2

Signed and dated

  • 1783
    Adelphi / 10t July 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen within a single ruled border on laid paper (515 x 348)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with written annotations in the hand of Robert Adam, and additions to title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


J KOOL and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 166
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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