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SM Adam volume 1/93


[8] Preliminary design for the ground floor of a house, c1786, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-five-bay house, with one-by-three-bay wings to the east and west. The north and south fronts have tripartite windows. The central north room is apsidal ended, set with a columnar screen and with niches. There is a staircase to the west, and the principal room to the south has a fireplace flanked by niches. The wings to the east and west contain water closets. The east wing has an entrance with a stepped approach, and an additional staircase


to a scale


some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (289 x 199)


Robert Adam




King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 106, 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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