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image SM Adam volume 46/49

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SM Adam volume 46/49


[8] Design for the second storey of a house, c1774


Elevation of a three-bay house with the front central bay slightly projecting. At the front of the house there is a nursery and bedchamber. Beyond this there is the principal staircase an additional staircase, and a lead flat which forms part of a light well At the rear of the house there are two apsidal ended bedchambers. The rear left-hand bedchamber is linked to a circular dressing room, which forms the central bow of the rear façade. Narrow advances in the end bays form powdering rooms


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Bed Chamber Story of the Second Design B. / Powdering room / Dressing room / Powdering room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Lead flat / Dressing room / Nursery maids room / Bed Chamber / Nursery

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 (247 x 454)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, pl. 100
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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