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SM Adam volume 35/75


[2] Design for a house showing the ground storey and principal elevation, 1791, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey and elevation of the principal front of a house. The plan shows a three-bay, U-shaped house, with the end bays slightly projecting to either side of a screened apsidal entrance. The left-hand side of the house is a party wall, and the right-hand side has a three-bay bow, and around the front and left-hand side is a sunken area. The ground storey contains reception and domestic rooms. The elevation shows a two-storey, three-bay house over a half-sunk basement, with a hipped roof, a string of fret, and a fluted frieze. The end bays are projecting, with arched and balustraded windows on the ground storey, and balustraded console windows flanked by Ionic pilasters on the first storey. The end bays are surmounted by attics ornamented with festoons, and surmounted by urns. The central bay contains a screen of Doric columns, behind which is an apse containing a tripartite entrance surmounted by a fan light, and above is a pedimented and balustraded tripartite window


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


East Front towards Millar Street of a New design for John Alston Youngest Esquire / The Front was never altered / Water Closet / Poudg [powdering] room / Dressg room / Bed Chamber / Yard / Buffet / Bed Chamber / Dressg Room / Staircase / Hall / Eating Room / Study of dressg room / Lobby / Area / Area and measurements given (verso) 6/8

Signed and dated

  • 10/09/1791
    Edinr 10 September [1791]

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (383 x 518)


Adam office hand, probably Robert Morison or John Robertson




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 14
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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