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SM Adam volume 36/9


[4] Design for the attic storey, 1787, unexecuted


Plan of the second storey of a three-bay building, with the central bay receding, and set behind a bowed balustrade. To the front of the building there is a circular room, and this is flanked by square bedchambers. To the rear there is a bowed front containing further bedchambers. Beyond this there are two rear wings. The left-hand wing contains two further rooms and staircases. Opposite this the roof line of the right-hand wing is shown, with a bow across one long side, and a light well and oculus at one short end


bar scale of 1 3/34 inches to 10 feet


Whites Chocolate House (in the hand of William Adam) / Plan of the Attick Story / Whites Chocolate house (pencil) / A / D / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Closet / Bed room / Passage / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / B and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1787
    Robt Adam Architect 1787.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and cerulean blue wash on laid paper (467 x 611)


Robert Adam


no 9 / These Plans go 1st into the Book / no 9 / 1 (pencil)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 50
Sheppard, 1960, pp. 457-58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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