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image SM Adam volume 38/49

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SM Adam volume 38/49


[18] Finished drawing of the side elevation (showing the house to the left-hand end of Adam volumes 38/45-47) 1785


Elevation of a three-storey, seven-bay house, with the end bays forming canted bows surmounted by conical roofs, and with windows within relieving arches on the ground storey, and balustraded windows on the first storey, and between these bows the central bay containing a tripartite entrance on the ground storey, surmounted by a balustraded tripartite window on the first storey, surmounted by a oculus within a relieving arch, and the central bay is flanked on the ground storey by projecting bays containing niches, which support paired lotus capital pilasters surmounted by a pediment


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 10 feet


West front of the House next the register Office _ on the ten Houses in Lieth (sic) Street Edinburgh (on the ten Houses in Lieth Street Edinburgh in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / mentioned in the former Plans (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / a fair copy of this send to / Edinbr. / 12t. July 1785 (verso) 16 (in red pen) / Leith Street Houses Edin

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    datable to 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (523 x 378)


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




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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