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SM Adam volume 35/105


[13] Design for a house showing a longitudinal section from south to north, 1788, executed with minor alterations


Longitudinal section of a three-storey house, with a part-sunken, vaulted basement. There is a central dog-legged staircase with iron balusters, and a light well with a conical cupola above. Beyond the north façade, there is a raised Tuscan porte cochère with stepped access. To the south, at the rear there are steps leading down into the grounds beyond


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches


Section across the House from South to North / (and in the hand of William Adam) for the Revd Mr Rose at Beckenham- and some dimensions given / (and in pencil, estimates) 10- / 1.3 / 13- / 1.3 / 10. / 1.3 / 8.6 / 1.3 / - / 46.6 / 6 / - / 52.6

Signed and dated

  • 1788
    Robt Adam 1788.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and lemon yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (444 x 279)


Robert Adam, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 3
Rowan, 1985, p. 66
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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