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SM Adam volume 46/48


[7] Design of the mezzanine storey of a house, c1774


Elevation of a three-bay house, with the front central bay slightly projecting. At the front of the house the double-height drawing room of the first floor continues. Beyond this there is the principal staircase, an additional staircase, a conical light well and a dressing room. To the rear of the house there are two apsidal-ended bedrooms. Miss Drummond’s bedroom links to a circular dressing room, which forms the central bow at the rear. Narrow advances in the end bays contain powdering rooms with water closets


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Henry Drummond Esqr (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Plan of the Mezzanine Story of the Second Design B. / 14th (pencil) / Powdering room Water Closet / Dressing room / Powdering room / Miss Drummonds Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Drawing room continued 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 (259 x 461)


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
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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