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image SM Adam volume 19/120

Reference number

SM Adam volume 19/120


[6] Design Finished drawing for the observatory, 1767


Section of a four-storey tower, as Adam volumes 19/115-119, but showing a vaulted room on the ground storey, a domed room on the first storey, and a flat-ceilinged room on the second store


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (303 x 454)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 223
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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