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image SM Adam volume 36/17

Reference number

SM Adam volume 36/17

Purpose

[8] Finished drawing for the attic storey of a house, c1783, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of the attic storey of a five-by-five-bay building, with the central three bays receding, and with a central apsidal window. There is a central light well, with apsidal-ended rooms to the north-west and south-west, and a number of further rooms forming bedchambers. To the north there is a dog-legged staircase, with a further staircase to the south-west, which is alongside a water closet

Scale

bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Whites Chocolate House (crossed through in pencil) Bed Room Story- (all in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Earl of Findlater (W.L. Spiers, modern curatorial hand, pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1783
    c1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (615 x 484)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Robert Morison

Verso

no 4 / 4

Notes

SM Adam volumes 36/10-18 are incorrectly inscribed by William Adam as part of the scheme for White’s Chocolate House, St James’s Street, London.

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 103-4, Index, p. 45
Rowan, 1985, p. 138
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 57, 102-6, 130
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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