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SM Adam volume 34/104


[1] Alternative design for the house, c1786, partly executed


Above - Elevation of a two-and-a-half storey, three-bay building, with a pitched roof. The projecting central bay forms a Doric portico, with a stepped entrance. At first storey level there is a tripartite window and above this there is a Diocletian window set within the tympanum. The central bay is flanked by bays containing quarter-height windows at basement level, and this is surmounted by two storeys of rectangular windows. The central three-bay building is flanked by single-storey pavilions surmounted by weather vanes. The central, projecting bays are pedimented, and there are quarter-height windows at basement level, and pedimented windows, set behind a Doric screen at first storey level. The central bays are flanked by half-bays, containing windows Below - Plan of a three-by-one-bay building, with a stepped north entrance, leading to a hall, and beyond this, a rectangular space containing a central staircase set within a square compartment. To the south there is a circular ante room, with windows forming a bowed south front. The central building is flanked by pavilions, with the central bays projecting to the north and south. The pavilion to the east forms part of the drawing room, with a circular interior containing corner niches. The west pavilion contains a circular bed chamber, and beyond this there are circular recesses, and a with a servant’s room to the south


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Lord Delavals house in the Country (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / E / W / Drawing room 40 ft long / Anti room / Hall / Eating room / Servts room / Bed Chamber and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (490 x 269)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Delaval [Cla]remont (cropped)


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 53
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 139
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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