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image Adam vol.7/126

Reference number

Adam vol.7/126

Purpose

Academic study of a plan for a square house, showing the bedroom floor with seven bays by five and four spiral staircases around an octagonal court.

Aspect

Plan

Scale

1 in to 15 ft

Signed and dated

  • Undated, probably 1750s

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, grey wash 313 x 271

Hand

Adam Scottish Office

Notes

One of three plans (see also Adam vol.7/127 and 128) that are probably academic studies and were possibly made in the 1750s in the Adam Scottish Office. They can be compared with a similar, but more practical set of designs for a house in Adam vol.7/120-124, and, like these, may be associated with James Adam. In Adam volume 9 there are several similar plans, see Adam vol.9/40 for the main plan and Adam vol.9/71 for the quadrant, both considerably more advanced in composition.

Level

Drawing

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