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SM Adam volume 35/67


[16] Design for the first storey, 1786, unexecuted


Plan of the first storey of a five-by-three-bay building, with a central rectangular block, flanked by semi-rotundas to the north and south. The central block is formed with a principal, dog-leg staircase, and an additional staircase in the centre, with servants’ bedrooms to the south, and powdering rooms to the north. To the east and west there are rectangular bedchambers, and closets. The semi-rotunda to the north contains a central rectangular bedroom, with a curved north wall, and this is flanked by bed chambers with apses. The southern semi-rotunda contains apsidal-ended bed chambers, with closets. Beyond the north and south façades there are curved, balustraded balconies


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Bed Chamber Story (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of a house on / Putney Heath for Sir Samuel Hannay Bart. / Bed Chamber / Closet / Closet / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Closet / Closet / Closet / Servants Bedroom / Servants Bedroom / Bed Chamber / Closet / Closet / Bed Chamber / Closet / Powdering room / Powdering room / Closet / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / no. (cropped) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • October 1786
    Albemarle Street (obscured where affixed) / 25.t Oct.r 1786 (obscured where affixed)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (290 x 488)


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


fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 80-1, 127, pl. 128
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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