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SM Adam volume 38/48


[19] Design showing a section through one of the houses, 1785


Section through a four-storey, double pile terraced house, with a roof with a double pitch, and a central stack, with a projecting room to the front, with steps leading down to the street level, and with a narrow area at the rear, between the house, and a cellar beneath external stairs leading up to ground level, and with the natural ground level shown as a diagonal dotted line across the building


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 10 feet


Section through one of the Houses in Leith Street from A to B on the Plan / at Edinburgh (in the hand of William Adam ) / NB. The dotted line shews the slope of the Ground according to Mr. Salisburys levels. / Back wall of Mr Fergusons House / a fair copy of this sent / to Edinr. 12t. July 1785 (verso) 4

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    datable to 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink and yellow wash on laid paper (381 x 495)


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


Fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


This section running from A to B on the Plan does not appear to correspond with any extant plan within the Adam drawings collection at Sir John Soane’s Museum.


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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