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image SM Adam volume 32/80

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SM Adam volume 32/80


[10] Design for the house, c1784


Axial section of a four-storey building with an irregular roof line, flanked by three-storey turrets surmounted by a stepped dome and a finial. There is a basement storey with a central staircase that extends to the second storey, with an additional curved staircase leading to the attic storey. To the west there is a further dog-legged staircase which extends from the ground storey to the second storey


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Section from A to B as mark’d on the Plans of Blackadder House / (and in the hand of William Adam) the seat of Alear Boswell Esqr and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow and pink on laid paper (441 x 289)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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