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SM Adam volume 44/73


[3] Design for a villa, 1773, as executed


Plan of the ground storey of a three-bay villa with apses on each side (east and west fronts), and with external stairs leading to the entrances on the principal (north) and garden (south) fronts, and containing a bed chamber and drawing room


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Parler Storey (in the hand of William Adam) / Mr Symonds Study / powdering room / Water Closet / Eating Room / West and some dimensions given (verso) 4 / 4 / Mr Symonds Plan

Signed and dated

  • February 1773
    Adelphi 26 February 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (383 x 257)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam





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