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image SM Adam volume 43/35

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SM Adam volume 43/35


[1] Design for an unknown house, 1775, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a house, with a central block, five bays across the principal front, with tripartite windows in the end bays, and the central three-bays recessed behind a screen of columns, and the underside of a tapering staircase, and with nine bays across the garden front, with three-bay bows in the end bays, and the central three bays with a portico, and with the central bay blind, and the central block is flanked by two-bay links, three-bay pavilions, with the central bay containing a tripartite window on the principal front, both being blind on the left-hand pavilion, and the central bay being slightly projecting on both principal fronts, and beyond each pavilion is a quatrefoil-shaped court, and the house contains service rooms on this storey


3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of a house for / James Alexander Esqr (of a house for James Alexander Esqr in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Wine in Bottles / Wine in Casks / Area / Butler's Room / Steward's Room / Area / Pantry / Store Room / Beer Cellar / Passage / Housekeepers Room / Servants Hall / Kitchen / Wash House / Larder / Larder / Scullery / Privy / Court and some measurements given (verso) 3

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a treble ruled border on laid paper (638 x 497)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Joseph Bonomi, with additions to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 135
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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