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SM Adam volume 43/89


[6] Design showing the ground storey of the house, c1761


Plan of the parlour (ground) storey of a house with a central block with a five-bay projection on the principal and garden fronts, and with a large elliptical court at the front, and with a central three-bay bows on each side, and containing a large central circular staircase, and with a service wing connected at the rear


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 10 feet


Parlor Storey of a house for The Right Honorble Earl of Shelburne fronting Piccadilly (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Court / Great Hall / Lobby / Fore Parlor / Back Parlor / Lobby / Great Stairs / Pastry / Housekeepers Room / Stewards Dining Room / Servants Hall / Wash House & Laundry / Kitchen Continued / Court / Cooks Bed Room / Servants Bed Room / Stable / Coach House and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to c1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (591 x 501)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 45
Harris, 2001, p. 114
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 130
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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