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SM Adam volume 35/76


[6] Design for a house showing a longitudinal section, 1791, unexecuted


Longitudinal section through a house, from a party wall on the left-hand side to a wall containing windows on the right-hand side. The house is shown with two principal storeys, over a half-sunk basement with subterranean vaults extending to the right-hand side, and surmounted by top-lit garret rooms. There is a staircase on the left-hand side which extends from the basement to the garret


to a scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


Section upon the line A B on the Plan below / for John Alston Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) and some measurements given (verso) Mr Alston right Plans / [cropped]

Signed and dated

  • 1791
    datable to 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink and yellow wash on laid paper (342 x 649)


Adam office hand, probably Robert Morison or John Robertson, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


GR surmounted by fleur de list within crowned cartouche


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



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