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SM Adam volume 35/58


[2] Design for the ground storey of a house, c1786, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-four-bay building, with a stepped porte cochère to the north, flanked by ramps, and beyond this a hall leads to the principal stairs, with a further staircase to the west. To the east there is a drawing room, and to the west a dining room, with a circular garden room to the rear. The garden room forms the bow front to the south, and beyond this there is a stepped, curved colonnade


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of a house for / Sir Saml Hannay Bart at Putney Heath / East / Drawing room / Garden room / Great Stairs / Area / Dining room / West / Powdering room / Ladys Dressing room / Hall / Gentlemans Dress.g room / Powdering room / Extends 79 feet / North and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (284 x 320)


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


No 11


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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