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SM Adam volume 31/119


[3] Design for the first storey of a house, c1777, possibly executed


Plan of the first storey of a five-bay house, with proposed additions. At the front of the house, across the central three bays, there is a large apsidal room which leads to an oval room with niches. To the rear of the house (right) there us a further room which connects via a staircase to the book-keepers room and a separate front entrance below (Adam volume 31/118). Additions to the side and rear of the house contain a further staircase and a rear-projecting three-bay room


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Plan of the One pair Story / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of a house for Messrs Drummonds Charing Cross / Anti room / Water Closet / Closet / Staircase / Staircase and some dimensions given / (and in a modern curatorial hand, pencil) another plan 4 sheets on

Signed and dated

  • c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (446 x 531)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Sands, 2016, p. 25
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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