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  • image SM Adam volume 33/72

Reference number

SM Adam volume 33/72


[2] Design giving a plan showing additions to the house, 1776, unexecuted


Plan of a U-shaped house, similar to Adam volume 1/51, but with alterations to regularise the house, with a five-bay central block, with the central three bays recessed and behind a colonnade, and flanked by end bays with tripartite windows flanked by circular corner towers, and with a central three-bay bow on the garden front, containing three tripartite windows, and articulated by engaged columns, and with a square tower on each corner of the garden front, and the central block is flanked by fifteen-bay wings, with projecting square towers in the sixth and tenth bays, and with a circular tower at the corner, and behind these ranges are two further ranges forming three sides of a court, and these are connected by three-bay links, and themselves are tripartite, with two portions flanked by circualr corner towers, and connected by recessed links, and the house contains reception and domestic rooms and measurements given


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 10 feet


Principal Story of Knowslet Castle the Seat of / The Right Honorable The Earl of Derby (in the hand of William Adam) / Music room / Picture room / Billiard room / Dressg room / Bed Chamber / Powdering room / Water Closet / Great Staircase / Library / Anti room / Great Drawing room / Great Eating room / Hall / Lady Derby's Dressing room / Stairs / Lord Derby's Dressing room / Man Servant room / Woman Servant room / Passage / Lady Derby's Bed Chamber / Wardrobe / Bed Chamber / Bed room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Passage / Anti room / present Drawing room / Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Dressg room and measurements given (verso) [cropped] the Book

Signed and dated

  • 1776
    datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash on laid paper (833 x 592)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 1992, Volume II, p. 163
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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