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image SM Adam volume 41/37

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/37


[2] Preliminary design for alterations to the house, unexecuted, October 1778


Plan of the first floor of the house and service wing


1/20 inch to 1 foot


One Pair Storey of a House for _ Towers Esqr / at Weald Essex (in a later hand)

Signed and dated

  • October 1778
    Adelphi / Octr 27t 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (459 x 321)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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