Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [8] Design for a five-block house, 1767, unexecuted


  • image SM Adam volume 33/56

Reference number

SM Adam volume 33/56


[8] Design for a five-block house, 1767, unexecuted


Ground plan of a tripartite house, with a central octagonal block, being seven bays wide on each front, and arranged around a colonnaded circular court, and with a circular tower on each of the external corners, and the central block is flanked by five-bay links, and five- by four-bay U-shaped wings, with a square tower at each corner, and the left-hand wing is has an additional segmental, colonnaded range enclosing the central court, and the house contains service and domestic rooms, and three laboratories in the right-hand wing, and in the right-hand bottom corner is a pencil-drawn annotation showing a bridge


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of Lowther Hall / 20 feet high, the Seat of Sir James Lowther Bart (the Seat of Sir James Lowther Bart in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / No 6 / Sir James has a fair Copy of this / Poultry Yard / Coals / Privy / Wood / Wood / Wood / Wood / Privy / Coals / Poultry Yard other side are Menageries / Office at the other end exactly / the same / Laundry / Wash House / Scullery / Kitchen / Scullery / Gyle House / Brew house / Passage / Wet Larder / Bake House / Pastry / Passage / Scullery to Dairy / Butlers Room / Butlers Pantry / Butlers Bed Room / Under Butlers Room / Vestibule / Servants Hall / Vestibule / Stewards Dining Room / Coffee Room / Bar / Coffee Maids Room / Passage / Evidence Room / Stewards Room / Strong Room / Stewards Bed Room / Writing Room / Porters Room / Vestibule / Guards / Room / Vestibule / Groom of the Chambers room / Housekeepers Bed Room / Housekeepers Room / Store Room / Dairy / Court / Statue Gallery / Maids room Bed Room / Hot Bath / Bed Room / Water Closet / Laboratory / Laboratory / Laboratory / Water Closet / Bed Room / Cold Bath / Passage / Bed Room / Valets room and measurements given (verso) Ground Story of the Circular Plan

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    Novr. 26t. 1767.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1053 x 587)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam, with addition to 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. 163
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).