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image SM Adam volume 29/87

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SM Adam volume 29/87


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


Axial section of a three-and-a-half-storey building, with a sunken basement. At the basement-storey level several of the rooms are barrel-vaulted. At the ground-storey to the right there is a bifurcated staircase, with preliminary designs for additions to the stairwell including balustrades, a suspended oil lantern, and a pedimented screen at the first-storey level Upper left - Preliminary design for an arcade (pencil)


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)

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  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, pink and yellow coloured washes on laid paper (611 x 477)


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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