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SM Adam volume 40/25


[128] Record drawing for the great staircase, 1761, executed with a upper balcony and the cove removed


Section of a three-storey stairwell containing a door on the ground floor surmounted by a fanlight window, and ornamented with figurative and grisaille panels, and a large picture frame, and with a barrel-vaulted ceiling ornamented with octagonal coffering and with a skylight. The staircase is shown in profile on the ground floor


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Sections of a Stair Case at Kiddleston for Lord Scarsdale and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (311 x 512)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
Harris, 1987, p. 50
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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