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SM Adam volume 36/39


[2] Design for the ground storey of a house, c1783, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-five-bay building, with the central three bays of the west front receding, and containing a central entrance with a circular colonnaded portico. This leads to a hall with columned screens, and a rear apse flanked by niches. To the south of this there is a curved, bifurcated staircase, and to the north there is an apsidal-ended vestibule, set with columnar screens. The rooms to the north contain an eating room, ante-room and drawing rooms. To the south there is a bedchamber, dressing rooms, an oval powdering room and a water closet


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Principal Story of a town house for the Earl of Findlater (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Portico / Hall / Vestibul / Eating room / Anti room / Drawing room / Drawing room / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Dressing room / Waiting room / Powd.r room / Water Closet / Back stairs / Staircase / 22 (red ink) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1783
    Adelphi / 27. August 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (512 x 370)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


no 4


J KOOL surmounted by fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 103-4, Index, p. 45
Rowan, 1985, p. 138
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 57, 102-6, 130
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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