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image SM Adam volume 32/34

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/34


[15] Design for the first scheme of alterations to the house, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of the garret storey of a house, with a central block as Adam volumes 32/31-33, and flanked by the roofs of links and pavilions


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Garrets (verso) Pretty But Imperfect / This to be placed Twelfth Eleventh (in red pen) / [cropped] for Mamhead

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Adelphi July 4t. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (590 x 507)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
Rowan, 1988, p. 88
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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