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SM Adam volume 30/23


[8] Working drawing for a longitudinal section of a house, c1787


Longitudinal section through a three-storey terraced house with a central court, showing the original ground level of the old house superimposed over the design


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Section from East to West through the old & new parts of the House for Mrs Fitzherbert at Brighton and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including lemon yellow, sepia and Dutch pink on sugar paper (879 x 487)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p.5
Miele, 1998, p.167
King, 2001, p.122
McKean (ed.), 2017, pp.8-9
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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