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image SM Adam volume 50/81

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SM Adam volume 50/81


[6] Unfinished record drawing for the Hell Staircase, March 1779, executed with alterations


Plan and laid out wall elevations, for a double return staircase, the walls punctuated with various doors and windows, and ornamented with Doric pilasters, sculpture-filled niches, painted panels, and a cove


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Stair Case at Burleigh for Lord Exeter / Plan & Section of the Great Staircase at Burleigh and (verso) Lord Exeter

Signed and dated

  • March 1779
    Adelphi / 6t March 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including terre verte, Indian yellow and Prussian blue on laid paper (631 x 790)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II Index p. 5
Richardson, 1992, pp. 87-88
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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