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SM Adam volume 36/40


[3] Alternative design for the ground storey of a house, 1783, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-five-bay building with the central three bays of the west and east fronts receding. The west front contains a central, stepped entrance, with a circular portico. This leads to a hall, with columnar screens to the north and south, and niches in the eastern wall. To the north of the hall there is a curved, bifurcated staircase, and to the south there is an apsidal-ended, screened space, which contains a further curved staircase. The rooms to the north contain an apsidal-ended eating room, an octagonal ante-room, and a drawing room. At the rear of the house, across the central three bays, there is a salon or dining room with three apsidal sides. To the south, there is a colonnaded library, a bedchamber, dressing room, oval powdering room, water closet, and a circular staircase


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


2d Design of the Principal Story of a [Farm] (crossed through in pencil) house for the Earl of Findlater (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Town (pencil) / Portico / Hall / Great Stairs / Eating room / Anti room or / Breakfast room / Drawing room / Salon or Great / Dining room / 48 by 24 / 36 within the Niches / Library / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Powd.r room / Water Closet / Back stairs / 20 (red ink) some dimensions given and some calculations (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • August 1783
    Adelphi / 22 August 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (512 x 322)


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


(cropped) [_]later / (cropped) 1783(?) / no 5


J KOOL surmounted by fluer-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, pl. 115
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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