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  • image SM Adam volume 44/58

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SM Adam volume 44/58


[8] Design for additions and alterations to an older house, c1775, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (ground) storey of a house, with a seven-bay principal front, with the central three bays deeply recessed behind a bowed colonnade, and flanked by blind bays, and with six bays on each side front, one of which has a small bow at one end, and in one rear corner is a two-bay kitchen wing, and beyond a recessed two-bay service wing, and this storey contains service and reception rooms


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Principal Story of a house for Isaack Wilkinson Esqr / 3d Design (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Brew house / Larder / Coals / Wood / Scullery / Kitchen / Dining Room / Hall / Cellar door / Great Stairs / back Stairs / Clerks Room / Study Evidence room / Passage to yard (in pencil) / door (in pencil) / Record Room / Clients Room / Drawing Room and some measurements given (verso) Mr Adams / Mrs Adams / 2

Signed and dated

  • c1775
    datable to c1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (533 x 503)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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