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Reference number

SM Adam volume 42/14


[2] Design for a modest neo-classical house (1st scheme), 1771, unexecuted


Alternative plan (presumably the principal, first storey) of a rectangular house, with seven bays on the principal front; four bays on the sides, three of which are blind windows on each side; and with thirteen bays on the garden front. The end bays of the principal front are slightly projecting and contain tripartite windows, and there is a central three-bay bow behind a portico of paired columns. On the garden front there are three-bay bows flanking a central three-bay portico of pilasters. The house contains two spiral staircases to either side of the central axis of the house, with reception and domestic rooms


1 1/8 inches to 10 feet


Design of a House for Mr Baron Mure at Caldwell in Scotland / Dining Room (underwritten in pencil) / Drawing Room (underwritten in pencil) / Mr Mure's Dressing Room (underwritten in pencil) / Bed Chamber (underwritten in pencil) / Water Closet / Powdering or Anti Room (underwritten in pencil) / Hall (underwritten in pencil) / Anti Room / Water Closet / Library and some measurements given (verso) Baron Mure

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (594 x 397)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
Rowan, 1985, p. 94
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 123
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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