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image SM Adam volume 46/100

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SM Adam volume 46/100


[5] Finished drawings for a villa, c1787, unexecuted


Plan of a half-sunk storey, and an elevation of the garden (rear) front of a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay house, with a pitched roof, an external staircase, and a central square spiral staircase. The central three bays are projecting on both fronts, but on the garden front they form a bow with a conical roof. There is also a plan for a wing attached by a link corridor, which is one- by three-bays, with a projecting rear front, tripartite windows on each side, and a central staircase


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Unknown (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    datable to c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (137 x 224)


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


Rowan, 1985, p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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