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SM Adam volume 30/5


[13] Finished drawing showing an axial section, c1772-79


Axial section through a two-storey building over a half-sunk vaulted basement, with a central two-storey circular, domed room, with an arcade around each storey, and with a clock tower over the left-hand end


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Section through the Centre Line of the Register Office from South to North at Edinburgh (at Edinburgh in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 5

Signed and dated

  • 1772-79
    datable to c1772-79

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink and yellow wash on laid paper (604 x 483)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 11
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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