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image SM Adam volume 38/47

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SM Adam volume 38/47


[15] Design for a block of ten terraced houses, 1785


Plan of the ground storey of a block of ten terraced houses, with a convex façade. Each house contains a different arrangement of rooms – on this storey containing service rooms, and with shops at the front – and the end houses have bow fronts


to a scale


Leith Street Edinburgh (in pencil) / Ground Story of Ten Houses proposed to be Built in Lieth (sic) Street Edinburgh (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / with Shops in front under the Terrace (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Coals / Small Beer / Coals / Kitchen / Wine Cellar / Housekeepers Room / Butlers Room / Scullery / Area / dust hole / Cellar / Cellar / Area / Passage / Kitchen / Housekeepers Room / Shop / Shop / Shop / Parlor / Passage / Scullery / Kitchen / Wine / Pantry / Housekeepers room / Shop / Shop / Area / Servants Hall / Kitchen / Scullery / Wine Cellar / Housekeepers Room / Coal Vault / a fair copy of this / sent to Edinbr 12t July 1785 and some measurements given (verso) 3

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    datable to 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (715 x 507)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


JWHATMAN and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 11
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 76
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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