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  • image SM Adam volume 46/105

Reference number

SM Adam volume 46/105


[14] Finished drawing for the first storey of a house, c1790, executed with minor alterations


Plan of the first storey of a house, as SM Adam volume 35/108, but with minor alterations. The central bedroom to the north has an apsidal entrance, and the dressing room to the south is octagonal in form, with a three-bay canted window


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 10 feet


39 / Mr Ross (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (140 x 171)


Office hand, possibly Richard Crichton or John Charels, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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