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image SM Adam volume 35/59

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SM Adam volume 35/59


[4] Design for the attic storey, c1786, unexecuted


Plan of the attic storey of a five-by-four-bay building. The central three bays in the north façade are slightly projecting, with the five bays terminating in piers. There is a central light-well, with windows providing light to passages to the north, south and west, and there is a central oval staircase. This is surrounded by bedrooms and closets, with a semi-circular bedroom to the rear, which forms the central bow in the south front


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Attick Story / Bedroom / Bedroom / Bed room / Closet / Closet / Closet / Closet / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Closet / Bed room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (240 x 237)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
Rowan, 1985, p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 109, 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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