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  • image SM Adam volume 29/28

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/28


[5] Finished drawing showing a plan of the principal (ground) storey for the first scheme, c1777, unexecuted


Plan of the principal storey of a house, as drawing 29/27, but with central doors on the principal and garden fronts, with a porte cochère on the principal front, and paired curved external stairs on the garden front, and with the right-hand wing shown, and with reception and domestic rooms in the central block, a kitchen in the left-hand wing, and a drawing room in the right-hand wing


bar scale of 1 ¼ inches to 10 feet


A (in pencil) / Plan of the Principal Story. of Oaks Castle one of the / seats of the Earl of Derby (of Oaks Castle one of the / seats of the Earl of Derby in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Scullery / Larder / Larder / Kitchen / Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Cabinet / Salon / Staircase / Staircase / Hall / Eating room / China Closet / Drawing room / Design 1 £11.000- (in pencil) and some measurements given (verso) 4 / 4

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (646 x 485)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Rowan, 1985, p. 102
Rowan, October 1985, p. 678
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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