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SM Adam volume 54/7/105


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


Rough plan of the ground storey of a nine-bay rectangular central block, with a central three-bay portico on the principal front, a central three-bay bow on the garden front, flanked by tripartite windows, a central projection on one side, behind which is an Imperial staircase, and a single-bay projection on the other side, with a three-bay library wing with screened apsidal ends connected at the rear, and containing a central circular room with four apses, encircled by reception rooms, and a bedroom, and the whole is set within a wedge-shaped boundary wall


rough bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


plan 98 by 90 / Hall (in pencil) / Parlor (in pencil) / Small Dg room (in pencil) / Salon (in pencil) / Dressg (in pencil) / Library (in pencil) / Bed Ch (in pencil) / Door to Stables / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / Anti room(?) and measurements given in pen and pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to c1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (184 x 224)


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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