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SM Adam volume 43/91


[8] Design showing the second storey of the house, c1761


Plan of the bedroom (second) storey of a house with a five-bay projection on the principal and garden fronts, and a large central circular space screened by columns. This storey is accessed by an elliptical backstair behind the central circualr space (verso) unfinished pencil drawing of the plan shown on the recto


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 10 feet


Bed Room Story of a house for The Right Honble The Earl of Shelburne / fronting Piccadilly and the Green Park (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Powdering room / Dressing room / Bed Chamr / Bed Chamr / Dressing room / Lobby / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Bed Chamr / Anti room / Bed Chamr and measurements given (verso) 5 / [Num]ber 17 (in red pen) / Shelburne House Hyde Park Corner and an additional inscription rendered illegible by being heavily crossed out

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to c1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (591 x 504)


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




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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