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SM Adam volume 46/47


[6] Design for the first storey of a house, c1774


Plan of the first storey of a three-bay house, with the front room forming a double-height drawing room. A plan of a compartmental ceiling is shown, ornamented with a central figurative roundel enclosed within a fan. This is encircled by a further roundel bordered with fluting and paterae, and with cameos beyond. The central compartment is flanked by further compartments containing lozenges enclosing figurative ovals all bordered by festoons and cameos, and cartouches flanked by reclining figures and enclosed within semi-circular bands. Each corner is ornamented with additional cameos flanked by swags. Beyond the drawing room there is the principal staircase, an additional staircase and a small rectangular room, with a ceiling ornamented with wreaths and crossed bands of calyx, and this links to an apsidal ended room at the rear. This room has a plan of a ceiling, which is ornamented with a central roundel enclosed within a fan, bordered by festoons and cameos. Beyond this socles support winged sphinxes, and the ceiling corners are ornamented with quarter-fans. This room links to a circular boudoir, which forms the central bow at the rear of the house, and this leads to a bedchamber beyond. Narrow advances in the end bays contain water closets


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Henry Drummond Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) / Principal Story / 14 (pencil) / Boudoir 9 1/2 Diam / Lady Elizabeths Bedchamber and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow and pink within a single ruled border on laid paper (300 x 467)


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


King notes the extended height of the ceiling for the front drawing, and suggests that combined with the preliminary design shown here, Adam would have likely introduced a segmental vault.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 97, pl. 99
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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