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SM Adam volume 44/49


[1] Design for a new house, 1772, unexecuted


Plan of a house, with a nine-bay central block, flanked by recessed three-bay wings, and with tripartite windows in the end bays of the central block on the garden front. With a central entrance accessed by a straight staircase on the principal front, and a central three-bay portico across the garden front, and containing reception and service rooms


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Principal Story of a New Design for Thos Gifford Esqr / at Chillington / South / Water Closet / Powdering room / Court / Water Closet / Staircase / Powdering room / Gentlemans Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Lady's Dressing room / Staircase / Hall / Salloon / Eating room / Drawing room / Gallery which will afterwards / serve as a Passage to the Chaple and some measurements given (verso) 3 / 11 (in pencil) / Number 11

Signed and dated

  • 01/07/1772
    Adelphi / July 1st. 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (606 x 505)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 124
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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