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  • image SM Adam volume 33/66

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SM Adam volume 33/66


[8] Design for alterations to the fabric of the house, c1766, as executed


Axial section through the north end of a house as in Adam volumes 33/59-65, with a four-storey central block, flanked by three-storey wings, each with pitched roofs, and with a central stairwell on the ground and first storeys


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Sir James Lowthers house at Whitehaven (in the hand of William Adam) / Section through the House. taken on the Line A.B on the plan

Signed and dated

  • c1766
    datable to c1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (525 x 307)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Giuseppe Sacco, addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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