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Designs for the walls for stairwell, 1772, unexecuted (4)


As a means of simplifying Adam's design, and reducing the cost of construction, the ornamentation designed for the walls of the stairwell was not executed.

Within the drawings collection of the Yale Center for British Art at New Haven there is are complete copies of Adam volumes 50/60-63, as well as a working drawings for the executed doorcase at the bottom of the stairs.



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Contents of Designs for the walls for stairwell, 1772, unexecuted (4)