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SM Adam volume 35/57


[11] Design for a house, axial section from east to west, c1786, unexecuted


Axial section of a two-and-a-half-storey building, with part-sunken basement. At the basement level, the room to the far east is vaulted, with steps down to a sunken pool. Beyond this a further vaulted room contains wine bins, and a curved staircase extends from basement level to the second storey, and is lit by a conical oculus. A further dog-leg staircase extends from the ground storey to the first-storey level. The stairwell is ornamented with a band of Vitruvian scroll at the second-storey level, with a window providing light to the south and a conical oculus above. At the ground-storey level, the rooms to the east and west contain Venetian windows, articulated by Tuscan columns


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Section across the House from East to West / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) at Putney Heath for Sir Samuel Hannay Bart and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow (439 x 263)


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






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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