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SM Adam volume 46/46


[5] Design for the ground storey of a house, c1774


Plan of the ground storey of a three-bay house with the central bay slightly projecting. Positioned at the front of the house there is a screened hall and apsidal-ended dining room. The hall leads through to the principal staircase, opposite which there is a columnar screen with a buffet room beyond. Towards the rear of the house there is an additional staircase and an apsidal-ended dressing room and study, both link to a circular closet which forms a central bow of the rear front. Narrow advances in the end bays contain an additional closet and a powdering room, each with a water closet set within a niche


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Parlor Story of the Second Design B. / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) Henry Drummond Esq / 14 (pencil) / Powdering room / Closet / Closet / Dressing room / Study / Back Stairs / Principal Stairs / Buffet room / Hall / Dining room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (236 x 452)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37, pl. 98
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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