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SM Adam volume 45/18


[7] Design for a villa, 1775, built to a modified and enlarged design


Longitudinal section of a three-storey villa with a pitched roof, and an oculus skylight above the central staircase. Beneath the villa is a subterranean basement


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Section from C to D as marked on the Plans / (and in the hand of William Adam) of a house for Mrs St John at Wellwyn in Hertfordshire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink and Naples yellow wash on laid paper (297 x 324)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with additions to the inscription 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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