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SM Adam volume 35/64


[12] Unfinished design for a house, axial section from east to west, 1786, unexecuted


Axial section of a two-and-a-half-storey building, with a part-sunken basement. To the east there is a stepped entrance with a pedimented Tuscan screen. At the basement level there is a barrel-vaulted room containing wine bins, and a curved staircase extending to the second-storey level. This is flanked by rooms containing chimneypieces. At the ground-storey level there is a dog-leg staircase, extending to the first-storey level, with rooms containing chimneypieces with overmantel mirror frames to the east and west. The stairwells are lit with conical oculi, with windows in the principal stairwell providing light to rooms to the south. Preliminary designs for capitals centre left and centre right


to a scale


Section across the House from East to West / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) for Sir Samuel Hannay Bart at Putney Heath / no. 13(?) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • October 1786
    Albemarle Str (cropped) / 25.t Oct.r 1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (523 x 364)


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


No 3




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



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