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image SM Adam volume 42/35

Reference number

SM Adam volume 42/35

Purpose

[1] Design for a house showing the principal (ground) storey, 1770, not thought to have been executed

Aspect

Plan of the principal (ground) storey of a house, with a five-bay, double pile central block containing a hall, stairs, parlour and kitchen. The central block is flanked by slight recessed wings. The left-hand wing has a three-bay portico, behind which is a wall with two blind windows, and on the side there is a three-bay bow towards the back of the house, behind which is an apsidal dining room. The right-hand wing has a tripartite window at the front, and two tripartite windows on the side, behind all of which is the drawing room, and to the rear of which is a two-bay projection containing a water closet and dressing room

Scale

bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Principal Story of a house for Mr Henderson (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / North / East / South / West / Dining Parlor / Parlor / Kitchen / Library / Hall / Dressing Room / Water Closet / Drawing Room and measurements for the principal front and each room given / (and in pencil) N 1. 2. 3 4 A & b Closets / 7. 8. Windows / 9. 9. 9. 9 the doors to be Shortened / 10 (rubbed out) the hall being Enlarged the Ceiling & windows / to be made Uniform / New Chimney / Width of this _ _ _ _ _ / 9 / 9 / 9 / 9 (verso) 2 / 2 / Mr Henderson 1770

Signed and dated

datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (529 x 364)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)

Watermark

IHS IVILLEDARY

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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