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image SM Adam volume 44/41

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SM Adam volume 44/41


[2] Design for the house, 1773, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a house with five bays on the principal front, the central three bays composing a tripartite entrance, accessed by tapering external stairs, and slightly projecting, and with six bays on the garden front, and containing reception rooms, a pantry, and a bedroom


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the principal Story / Dining Room / Drawing Room / pantry / Hall / Bed Chamber and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • August 1773
    Adelphi 3d August 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (380 x 254)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 123
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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