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SM Adam volume 29/88


[1] Design for the basement storey of a house, ND, possibly executed


Plan of the basement-storey-level of a building with alterations to an earlier plan. Several of the rooms are vaulted and linked by a central passage that runs from left to right. There is a vaulted passageway linking to the kitchen to the left, and a number of vaults to the right


bar scale of 7/8 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Storey of Hopetoun House (and in the hand of William Adam) in Harley Street / Area / Wash house & Laundry / Stewards Dining room / Storeroom / Housekeepers room / Passage to Kitchen / Bottle rack / House Stewards writing room / Servants Hall / Area / Butlers room / Passage / Room for Strangers Servts / Area / Vault / Vault / Vault / Vault and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (465 x 284)


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




GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


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



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