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  • image SM Adam volume 42/84

Reference number

SM Adam volume 42/84


[13] Finished drawing for the attic storey of a house, c1784, unexecuted


Plan of the attic storey of a five-by-five-bay building, with a one-by-three-bay wings to the east and west. There is a central passage and a light well, and the passage links to the garret bedrooms


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Garretts / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of Doctor Turtons House at Brasted Kent / Staircase / Garret / Bed / Garret / Bed / Garret / Bed / Lumber Closet / Passage / Staircase continued / Garret / Closet / Bed / Garret / Bed / Garret / Bed / Garret / No. 25.

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (494 x 363)


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


9 / 9 (obscured where affixed) / Doctor Turton house [_] / Plans (crossed through) / Brasted (in the hand of William Adam) / Number 17 (in the hand of William Adam, brown ink) / 17 (pencil) / illegible pencil inscription in modern curatorial hand


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 106, 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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