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SM Adam volume 33/70


[4] Unfinished design for a village, 1766, partly executed with alterations


Elevation of the interior front of one half of a village as shown in Adam volume 33/69, cutting a longitudinal section through the village; showing a central tripartite ironwork gate, supported by two pyramid-topped piers, flanked on each side by a single-storey, fifteen-bay, curved range, with a pitched roof, and with an additional half storey above the end bays with have pyramidal roofs. Beyond are the Greek cross-shaped courts shown in Adam volume 33/69, with a two-storey, three-bay central block, with a hipped roof, and a central carriage arch surmounted by a pediment, and this is flanked by single-storey, eight-bay ranges, and further, projecting, single-storey, six-bay ranges, each with a hipped roofs. At the centre of the drawing these projecting ranges connect with the curved ranges of the central court, and at the edges of the drawing these ranges connect with two-storey side ranges shown in section


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 10 feet


Village for Sir James Lowther Baronet (in pencil) / Village for Sir James Lowther Baronet (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) Sir James Lowther village (partly cropped)

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1194 x 484)


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


D&CBLAUW and XD&CB within cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
Brunskill, 1967, pp. 60-61
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 77
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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