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SM Adam volume 42/73


[23] Design for the ground storey of a house and kitchen offices, c1784, as executed


Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-three-bay building, with a stepped portico entrance to the north and south. The north entrance leads to a hall, and there is a dog-leg staircase and additional staircase to the west. The eating room and drawing room are positioned to the south. To the west of the principal building there is a three-bay link building containing bedchambers, and beyond this there is a three-bay building containing a bedroom and the double-height kitchen. Further west is the plan of the colonnaded courtyard, with a central basin/well


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Principal Story of Doctor Turtons House (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Eating room / Drawing room / Study / Hall / Principal Stairs / Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Kitchen continued and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (505 x 284)


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


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
Rowan, 1985, p. 38, pls. 8-10
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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