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SM Adam volume 37/63


[1] Finished drawing for a house, 1766, unexecuted


Plan of a quadrangular house, with a seventeen-bay principal front. With a central tripartite entrance, flanked by projecting towers, behind which is a circular hall with niches, and the principal front also has bows in the three end bays. The side fronts are seventeen bays, with the end three bays slightly projecting, and with a central three-bay bow, and the garden front is fifteen bays, with the three end bays slightly projecting, and with a central three-bay bow. The interior of the courtyard is framed with an internal corridor, except that there is an imperial staircase on the interior of the principal front, behind the hall


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Ground Plan of a Castle for The Right Honble Stewart Mackenzie (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / House keepers room / Store room / Washing House / Laundry / Scullery to Dairy / Dairy / Old Wine Vault / Old Vault / Stewards Writing room / Stewards Dining room / Servants Hall / Butlers room / Butlers Pantry / Water Closet / Great Dining room / Drawing room / Hall / Great Stairs / Dining Parlor / Ladys Dressing room / Ladys Powdering room / Water Closet / Bed Chamr / Dressing room / Powdering room / Water Closet / Kitchen / Scullery / Larder / Larder / Cooks room and measurements given (verso) 2 / 2 / 13 (in pencil) / Number 13 (in red pen) / Right honble Stewart Mackenzie

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (371 x 469)


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


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 165
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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