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image SM Adam volume 32/15

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SM Adam volume 32/15


[142] Finished drawing for the building, 1771-72, as executed


Plan of the first storey of a building as Adam volumes 32/13-14, with a central tripartite window, flanked by windows articulated by engaged columns, and with a windowless chamber at the rear, containing seating, and with the adjacent three-bay wing to the right-hand side, also with a room containing seating


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of (in pencil) One pair Story of the Society of Arts House Adelphi (of the Society of Arts House Adelphi in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Society’s Room / Coffee Room / Registers Office / Anti Room / Great Stair / Committee room / Mr Secretary’s Writing room and some measurements given (verso) [ _ ] Vol 8 (in pencil) / 4 / Room for the Society of Arts Adelphi

Signed and dated

  • 1771-72
    datable to 1771-72

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (524 x 455)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
Rowan, 1974, p. 675
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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