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SM Adam volume 29/34


[15] Finished drawing showing the basement and ground storeys, and an elevation of the principal front for the fifth scheme for the house, c1777, unexecuted


Plan of the ground (half-sunk) and principal (first) storeys, and the principal (south) front of a house, with a three-storey V-shaped central block with a three-bay projecting entrance front, flanked by three-bay wings, forming the V, and each has bartizans, and behind is a three-bay circular tower, with an additional storey, and a conical roof, and the entrance front is flanked by four-bay quadrant links, ornamented with arched slit windows within relieving arches, and beyond are squat two-storey, three-bay pavilions, each with a rusticated ground storey containing half-height windows, and with oculus windows in the storey above, and the left-hand pavilion has a flat front and a hipped roof, and the right-hand pavilion has a canted front and a conical hipped roof, and the ground storey contains service rooms, and the principal storey has domestic and reception rooms, and there is a kitchen in the left-hand pavilion, and a drawing room in the right-hand pavilion


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


Third Elevation & Plan of Oaks Castle one of the seats of the Earl of Derby (in the hand of William Adam) / South Front / Scullery / Larder / Kitchen / Corridore / Hall & Staircase / My Lord's Dressg closet / Bed Chamber / My Lady's Dressg closet / Powdering room / Salon / Eating room / Corridore / Drawing room / Plan of the Principal Story / Butlers room / Pantry / Servants Hall / Footmans Hall / Wine binns / Housekeepers room / Store room / Valets room / Stewards room / Plan of the Ground Story / Design C £5589.[ _ _ ] (in pencil in the corner) / 3d Elevation & plan Oaks Castle one of the Seats of the Earl of Derby [ ____ ] C (in pencil) and some measurements given (verso) Lord Derby C / 2 / 2 / This to be placed Eighth (in red pen)

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (442 x 589)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Rowan, 1985, p. 110
Rowan, October 1985, pp. 678, 682
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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