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SM Adam volume 44/51


[1] Design for a new house, c1775, unexecuted


Plan of the principal, (ground) storey of a house, with a central block, three bays across the principal front, with the central bay recessed and containing a tripartite entrance, with four bays across the garden front, and flanked by three-bay links, and three-bay pavilions with bow fronts to the principal and garden fronts, and containing service and reception rooms


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Principal Story / of a house for Isaack Wilkinson Esqr / there are Cellars below the hall and / breakfast Room (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Kitchen / Larder / Larder / Pantry / Knife room / Breakfast room / Hall / Eating Room / Drawing room / Great Stairs / Butlers pantry / Record room / Lobby / Strong room / Study / Clerks room and some measurements given, and some rough calculations in pencil (verso) 2

Signed and dated

  • c1775
    datable to c1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (548 x 378)


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


IV surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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