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SM Adam volume 43/9


[6] Design for alterations to the house, c1768-72, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (ground) storey of a square house, with a seven-bay principal front, with a central three-bay portico, flanked by tripartite windows, and with the end bays projecting, and an eight-bay garden front, with the end bays projecting and containing tripartite windows, and with seven-bay side fronts, one with a central three-bay bow behind a portico of paired columns, and the other with the end bays projecting, and the house contains reception and domestic rooms


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot


North (in pencil) / Plan of the Principal Story of Gunton House in Norfolk / The Seat of Sir Harbord Harbord Bart / Private Dining Room / Drawing Room / Breakfast Room / Dining Room / Passage / Billiard Room / Great Staircase / Back Staircase / Lobby / Anti Room / Hall / Passage / Sir Harbord Dressing Room / Closet / Sir Harbord's Bed Chamber / Library / Servants Waiting Room / Powdering Room / Water Closet / Charter Room and some room names underwritten in pencil, and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1768-72
    datable to c1768-72

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (571 x 483)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


XDB&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
King, 2001, Volume II, p, 126
Knox, 2005, p. 7
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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