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image SM Adam volume 43/69

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SM Adam volume 43/69


[1] Design for a house, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a house, with a five-bay central block, flanked by two-bay links, and single-bay wings, and with the underside of a tapering staircase at the centre of the garden front. The house is half-sunk on the principal front, with an area running along the front, and with five sunk store rooms in front of the central block. It contains service rooms (verso) part of the plan drawn in pencil


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of a house for / General Scott in Edinburgh (of a house for / General Scott in Edinburgh in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Empty Bottles / Store room / Still room / Area / House keepers room / Passage / Valets room / Servants Hall / Wine binns / Passage / Area / Stewards room / Staircase / Coal Vault / Coal Vault / Small Beer / Coal Vault / Coal Vault / Butlers room / Pantry / Passage / Wine Casks / Ale & Beer / Area and most of the room names underwritten in pencil and some measurements given (verso) 4

Signed and dated

  • 19/08/1774
    Adelphi August 19t. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (597 x 498)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 12
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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