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image Image 1 for SM Adam volume 50/44
image Image 2 for SM Adam volume 50/44
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Reference number

SM Adam volume 50/44

Purpose

[6] Designs for the staircase, 1764-65, unexecuted

Aspect

Two wall elevations, for a two-storey stairwell, with a coved ceiling, and with painted ornamentation on the right-hand wall, including the figure of Britannia

Scale

bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Section of the / Stair Case for / John Sargent Esqr (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / West Side / North Side

Signed and dated

date range: 1764-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including olive green on laid paper (475 x 557)

Hand

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

Verso

Plan and laid out wall elevations of three walls, for the same staircase shown on the recto, with a half-turn staircase cantilevered from the walls / 5 / John Sargent Esqr

Watermark

IV and LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Notes

Red wax shows that it was probably sent by post.

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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