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image SM Adam volume 38/46

Reference number

SM Adam volume 38/46

Purpose

[17] Alternative design for a block of ten terraced houses, 1785

Aspect

Plan of the bedchamber (second) storey and elevation of the principal façade of a block of ten four-storey terraced houses, on the same plan as Adam volume 38/45, but to an alternative decorative scheme, with the same shop windows within relieving arches, but the basement is not rusticated. The first-storey doors and windows are behind an arcade, but the second- and third-storey windows are not behind a colonnade. The central nine bays project to form a central block, with further projecting end bays, surmounted by attics containing Diocletian windows and pediments, and instead of sculpture to either side there are three-bay width pediments

Scale

bar scale of 7/10 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

Design for Ten houses proposed to be Built in Lieth (sic) Street Edinburgh (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / with a Terrace and Shops under them (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / a fair copy of / this send to Edin / 12t. July 1785 (verso) [cropped] of Drawings of Houses near the Register office / [cropped] to George Home Esqe. 12t. July 1785

Signed and dated

datable to 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (733 x 507)

Hand

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

Watermark

JWHATMAN and fleur de lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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