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SM Adam volume 29/132


[1] Design showing the ground storey for the house, 1773, executed with alterations


Plan of the ground storey, of a five- by three-bay rectangular house, with a central bow on the principal and garden fronts, and the garden front bow is behind a five-bay colonnade, and with a central Imperial staircase


bar scale of 1 4/5 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground floor of a House for the Duke of Ancaster (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 5

Signed and dated

  • 19/07/1773
    19 July 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (528 x 379)


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


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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