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SM Adam volume 35/56


[13] Design for a house, longitudinal section from north to south, c1786, unexecuted


Longitudinal section of a two-and-a-half-storey building, with a part sunken basement. To the north there is a stepped, balustraded Tuscan porte cochère, and to the south there is a bowed-stepped, Tuscan colonnade, surmounted by a balustraded balcony. At the basement-storey level, the rooms extend beyond the north and south fronts, with vaulted rooms to the south. There is a central stairwell, lit by a conical oculus, with a band of Vitruvian scroll at the second-storey level, and a coved ceiling. To the south, there are circular rooms at the ground- and first-storey level, and the south façade is surmounted by a stepped dome


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Section through the House from North to South and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, and coloured washes including Naples yellow and pink (438 x 265)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison




GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
Rowan, 1985, p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 109, 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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