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Reference number

SM Adam volume 42/36


[2] Design for a house showing the bedchamber (first) storey, 1770, not thought to have been executed


Plan of the bedchamber (first) storey of a house, with a five-bay double pile central block containing stairs, bedchambers and a dressing room. The central block is flanked by slightly recessed wings. The left-hand wing has a blind tripartite window to the front, and on the side there is a three-bay bow. The right-hand wing is only shown in outline as Adam volume 42/35


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Bed Chamber Story of a House / for Mr Henderson (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Bed Chamber / Closet / Closet / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Passage / Dressing room / Landing of Stairs and measurements for each room given / (and in pencil) N 1. To be Brickd(?) up / 2. fire place / 3. qu[estion(?)] if the Top of the window be undarkend / 4 the door / 5. C Closets / 6. 6: do / 7. 7 doors to the Closets / 8 - - to be Glazd at Top / 9. Qu[estion(?)] whether the passage to be Continued / or a Glass Foor at N. 10 / 36 / 13 / this Chimney / the marble / observe this partition / _ _ _ _ _ of this cove(?) / perhaps this is wrong / b / 6 / C / C (verso) 3 / 7 (in pencil) / Number 7 / Mr. Henderson

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (528 x 364)


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


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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