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SM Adam volume 50/7


[4] Design for the walls of the gallery, 1775, unexecuted


Plan and end wall elevation of a gallery, with an eight-bay window wall, with the central two windows projecting, an eleven-bay chimney wall, with a central chimneypiece, flanked by alternating bookcases and niches, and with a door at one end, and a blind door at the other end, and the end walls are three bays wide, with a central tripartite bookcase within a relieving arch, flanked by a door and a blind door, surmounted by oval overdoor medallions enclosed within wreaths, and flanked by festoons


bar sale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Section across the Gallery shewing the manner of finishing the two Ends and the sides of the Bow Windows at Long Leat in Wiltshire / The Seat of The Right Honble Viscount Weymouth (at Long Leat in Wiltshire / The Seat of The Right Honble Viscount Weymouth in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Section across the Gallery (in pencil) / shewing the manner of finishing the two ends (in pencil) / [ ______] (in feint pencil) / of the [ _ _ _ _ ] of the Bow Windows (in pencil) / Plan of the Gallery / Plan of the Gallery (in pencil) and some measurements and some rough calculations given (verso) 2 / 2 / [cropped text] / Long Leate

Signed and dated

  • 21/01/1775
    Adelphi Janry 21st. 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (652 x 496)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 131
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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