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SM Adam volume 33/47


[5] Design for a house, 1767, unexecuted


Plan of a house with a central block, with the central and end bays slightly projecting on the principal front, and with a central bow, and the end bays projecting on the garden front, and the central block contains reception and domestic rooms. The central block is flanked by quadrant links containing domestic rooms, and by rectangular wings with projecting end bays, and a central five-bay bow at the rear, and the wings contain service and domestic rooms


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Another Design for Sir Jas Lowther (in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil) St / Sts / Sts room / Cook room / Sts / Sts / Sts / Serts Bed room / Dg room / B Cr / Closet / Sts room / B. Cr / D room / Sr room / B. Cr. / Ai room / Wardr / Ld Maid / Powd room / Lady Marys Dress room / cabinet . 3d Drawg room / 2d Drawg room / 1st Drag room / Anti room / Lady Marys Bed Chamr / Sir James's D. R. / Powd room / Serts room / Hall / Saloon / 1st Drawg room / 2d Drawg room / Anti room / Gallery / Great Dining Room / Eating room / Sts / Sts / Dg room / Bed Chr / D room / Pg room / St room / Bd Char / Sts room / Chaple / Maids room / Servants room / St / Brew House Continued (verso) Sir James Lowther Bart. Lowther Castle (on a small separate sheet of paper affixed to the verso of the drawing)

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (652 x 565)


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


D&CBLAUW and XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 131
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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