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SM Adam volume 54/7/182


[1] Preliminary design showing the ground storey of the house, c1761


Rough plan of the ground storey of a nine- by seven-bay rectangular central block, with three-bay central canted bow on each side, a three-bay bow overdrawn with a three-bay portico at the centre of the garden front, and a five-bay double portico at the centre of the principal front, with curving, and dog-leg stairs drawn to each side, and the central block contains reception rooms and a bedroom, with a central stairwell, showing curved and half-turn alternative staircases, each of which is screened by columns, and the central block is flanked by single-bay links, and rectangular pavilions with apsidal ends


not to scale


Lord Shelburn / Hall / Anti Room / Mans Dress / Bed Cr / Lady / Closet / Drawing / Eating Room

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to c1761

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (161 x 143)


Robert 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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