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image SM Adam volume 43/85

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/85

Purpose

[3] Design for the house and offices, 1776, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of the first storey of a house with a rectangular five-by-five-bay central block, with the central three bays on the principal (south) front slightly projecting and articulated by pilasters, and with the central three bays forming a bow on the garden (north) front, articulated by four paired engaged columns, and the central block is framed by three-bay links and one-by-three-bay pavilions, and the central block contains a large circular library, bedrooms and a dressing room, and the links and the pavilions contain servants’ bedrooms

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Plan of the one pair Story - for Alexander Spiers Esqr near Glasgow (for Alexander Spiers Esqr near Glasgow in the hand of William Adam) / Library / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Passage / A / Servants Bed room / Servants Bed room / Servants Bed room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing Room / Bed Chamber / Servants Bed room / Servants Bed room / Servants Bed room / B and measurements given

Signed and dated

Adelphi / Decr. 16t. 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (496 x 599)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam, addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 395
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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