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image Adam vol.7/17

Reference number

Adam vol.7/17

Purpose

Scotland: Kinross-shire, Fordle (designs for). Design showing three plans for a small three-bay house with entrance steps and projecting side bays, one of which contains a spiral staircase; it is probably arranged as basement, entrance and bedroom floors.

Aspect

Plans

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Plan of a small House for Capt. Hugh Dalrymple of Fordle. 1756; dimensions for the room heights 14 ft high / 10 ft high 2 ft in the Roeff / 8 ft high to each plan and room plan dimensions

Signed and dated

1756

Medium and dimensions

Pen 303 x 188 folded with four horizontal fold lines

Hand

James Adam

Watermark

Royal arms in circle

Notes

This unexecuted design is typical of several small houses designed by James Adam in the early 1750s (see Adam vol.7/16); his earliest building is Cumnock Church, Ayrshire, Scotland of 1753 (see H. Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, 3rd edition, London, 1995, p.48). There are academic schemes for a similar plan at Blair Adam which are probably by James Adam (see BA 594 and 210), and a similar group in Adam vol.7/120-24. Capt. Dalrymple may be identified with the Scottish Captain Hugh Dalrymple, Royal Navy, of Fordle, Kinross-shire, who married in 1754 and died in 1784 (see A. Bolton, The Architecture of Robert and James Adam, 2 vols., London, 1922, II, appendix, p.67).

Level

Drawing

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