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image SM Adam volume 30/29

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SM Adam volume 30/29


[2] Presentation drawing for a design for the second storey of a house, c1787


Plan of the bed chamber (second) storey of a three-bay terraced house, with a small loggia, and an oval court. This floor is accessed by an unusual staircase which encircles the courtyard, with pencil annotations to the drawing making the porch into a bow front


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Court / Passage / Court continued / Area Continued / Staircase / Water Closet / Powder room / Lead flat / Powdering room / Dressing room / Closet / Closet / Bed / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber

Signed and dated

  • c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (193 x 344)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


GR surmounted by fleur-de-lis with crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p.5
Miele, 1998, p.167
King, 2001, p.122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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