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SM Adam volume 45/19


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


Plan of the basement storey of a three-bay villa with two projecting bows on each side. The rooms in the basement do not extend under the entire villa, but rather are composed of a few small spaces for the storage of wine, beer and ale, under the centre of the structure


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Ground Story of a house for / Mrs St John at Wellwyn in Hertfordshire (in the hand of William Adam) / Wine in Casks / Staircase / Passage / Beer and Ale / Wine in Bottles and some dimensions given (verso) 3

Signed and dated

  • August 1775
    Adelphi Augst 4t 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (376 x 449)


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


LVG and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


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



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