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SM Adam volume 38/45


[16] Design for a block of ten terraced houses on the north side of the street, 1785


Plan of the principal (first) storey and elevation of the principal façade of a block of ten four-storey terraced houses, with a rusticated basement, convex façade, and a pitched roof. With shop windows within relieving arches on the ground storey, surmounted by front doors and windows behind an arcade, and above the windows and half-height windows of the second and third storeys are largely behind a balustraded lotus capital colonnade, with occasional bays projecting out to the level of the colonnade, and with the central nine bays projecting to form a central block, with small pedimented attics in the first and last bays of this block, and to either side of this are roof-line sculptures – a unicorn to the left, and a lion to the right – and the block is terminated at each end by a three-bay bow


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


South East front of an Ornamented Design for ten Houses proposed to be built in Leith Street with a Terrace & Shops under it / at Edinburgh (in the hand of William Adam) / Parlor / Stair / Water Closet / Back Stairs / Gentlemans dressing Room / Eating Room / Passage / Area / Eating Room / Stair / Parlor / Hall / Eating Room / Parlor / Dressing room / Stair / Area / Hall / Butlers Room / Stairs / Gentleman’s dressing room / Anti room / Eating Room / Passage / a fair copy of this / sent to Edinr 12t. July 1785 and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    datable to 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (734 x 507)


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


JWHATMAN and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 233, Index p. 11
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 76
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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