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image SM Adam volume 29/86

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SM Adam volume 29/86


[8] Unfinished design for a house, ND, not known to have been executed


Longitudinal section of a three-and-a-half-storey house with a half-hipped roof and sunken basement. At the basement-storey level there are a number of barrel-vaulted spaces and a central room containing a chimneypiece. At the ground-storey level a bifurcated staircase extends to the first-storey level, and below this there is a barrel-vaulted passageway. Beyond, there is a room with a central chimneypiece flanked by doors, and with Tuscan screens at either end. The room above this has a coved ceiling and a central chimneypiece flanked by doorways, with preliminary designs for an overmantel mirror frame and girandoles. At the second-storey level there is a room with a chimneypiece and a window into the passage beyond. Steps up lead to a partitioned room, and the attic-storey level contains a room with a small fireplace. The principal front has a ground-floor portico, and this is surmounted by a Tuscan pilaster screen


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Section through the Earl of Hopetowns House in Harley Street (in the hand of William Adam) / Section through the Earl of Hopetowns house in Harley Street (pencil) / 29

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, pink and yellow coloured washes on laid paper (606 x 499)


Office hand, possibly, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 40
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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