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image SM Adam volume 46/103

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SM Adam volume 46/103


[12] Finished drawing for a house showing a basement plan and axial section, c1772-86, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey and axial section through a house. The basement plan shows a three- by four-bay house, with subterranean cellars to the left-hand side, a bow front on the garden front with curved external stairs, and a vaulted room under the straight stairs on the principal front; and containing wine bins and other rooms accessed by the back stair. The section shows three storeys over a basement, with a hipped roof, a central staircase, and external staircases to front and rear, with a portico and pediment to the front


to a scale


Mr Ross (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1772-86
    date range: 1772-86

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil wash and yellow wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (142 x 239)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil


For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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