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SM Adam volume 43/90


[7] Design showing the first storey of the house, c1761


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a house with a five-bay projection on the principal and garden fronts, and with a central three-bay portico across the principal front, and a with central three-bay bows on each side, and with a central circular staircase


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story. of a house for / The Right Honble Earl of Shelburne fronting Piccadilly (of a house for / The Right Honble Earl of Shelburne fronting Piccadilly in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Drawing Room / Lobby / Great Drawing Room / Great Dining Room / Powdering room / My Lords Dressing room / Family Bed Chamber / Ladys Dressg room / Powdering room and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to c1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (484 x 491)


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


XD&CB within a cartouche


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



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