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SM Adam volume 35/109


[8] Design for the attic storey of a house, c1788, executed with minor alterations


Plan of the attic storey of a three-by-four-bay house, containing bedchambers and dressing rooms. There is a central light well above the principal stairs. To the rear, a space divided into two dressing rooms forms a central three-bay, canted bow in a five-bay rear front. A preliminary design (pencil) proposes a circular form for this dressing room space


bar scale of 1 1/8 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Attick Story / (and in the hand of William Adam) for the Revd Mr Rose / Bed Chamber / Dress.g room / Dress.g room / Bed Chamber / Dress.g room / Bedroom / Powdering room / Water Closet / Bedroom / Bed room and some dimensions given / (pencil) The door to be [_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _] like the [_ _ _ _ ] [_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _] / (pencil) Instead of a water closet there is to be a housemaids closet / faint pencil inscription upper right corner

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (345 x 236)


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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