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SM Adam volume 36/92


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


Plan of the bed chamber (second) storey, and longitudinal section through a house with a five-bay central block, with a pitched roof, containing a central spiral staircase, and the central three bays projecting on both fronts, and with a half-sunk basement, a principal, second and garret stories. The central block is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay links, with pitched roofs, and one-and-a-half-storey, one-bay pavilions, with pyramidal roofs, and tripartite windows


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


Longitudinal Section through the Villa for the Princess Lubomirski / Plan of the Chamber Storey / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Dress'g room / Bed Chamber and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    datable to c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and yellow and pink washes within a double ruled border on laid paper (509 x 284)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 55
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 128
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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