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SM Adam volume 39/72


[5] Design for the Diocletian wing, 1769, executed with alterations


Elevation of the east front of the Diocletian wing, and link to the older house, being a two-storey, seven-bay range with a pitched roof between two three-storey, three-bay, pyramidal pavilions, with pediments on the third floor, and a Venetian window flanked by niches on the ground floor. On the left is a two-storey, five-bay, balustraded link with a domed bow across the central three bays, connected to a one-storey, single-bay room containing a staircase [to the older house]


bar scale of 1 1/5 inches to 10 feet


Offices at Bowood for The Earl of Shelburne (in the hand of William Adam) / Offices at Bowood for The Earl of Shelburne (in feint pencil) / 75 (in pencil) and some rough calculations in the bottom left-hand corner (verso) 1 / Bowood Offices (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen and pencil on laid paper (786 x 380)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and IHS IVILLEDARY


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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