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SM Adam volume 21/69


[4] Preliminary design giving an elevation showing the dairy, 1776, executed with alterations


Rough elevation of a dairy building, with a two-storey, three-bay circular central block, with a conical roof surmounted by a central conical drum, and with a central door flanked by Doric columns supporting a pediment, and the door is flanked by windows on the ground storey, and roundels above, and the central block has a single-storey, single-bay link to the right-hand side, containing a door within a relieving arch, and with a balustraded roof line, and beyond is a single-storey, single-bay pedimented link, with a frieze of festoons, and on the right-hand side of the drawing is a section of the central block, showing a central spiral staircase, giving access to the first floor (verso) a rough pencil-drawn view of a rustic gateway and lodge


not to scale


Dairy for the Countess of Derby and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1776
    datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (285 x 195)


Robert Adam




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



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