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SM Adam volume 1/51


[1] Preliminary design giving a plan showing additions to the house, 1776, unexecuted


Plan of an asymmetrical U-shaped house, with a seven-bay central block, with the end bays projecting and flanked by circular corner towers, and with a three-bay bow on the garden front, and square towers on the end corners, and the central block is flanked by asymmetrical ranges, and connected to these are two further ranges forming three sides of a court


to a scale


Chapple or a / Menagerie or Tennis Court / An Appartment / Library / Picture Room / Billiard Room / Library / antiroom / Great Drawg room / Great Eating Room / Hall / Lady Derbys dressg room / Lady Dys Bed Chr / Wardrobe / Lord Derbys Dreddg room / P.R. / W.C. / Serts room / Lady Maid

Signed and dated

  • 1776
    datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (752 x 459)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 163
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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