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SM Adam volume 35/69


[18] Design for the roof of a house, 1786, unexecuted


Plan of the roof of a five-by-three-bay building. The central rectangular block has pitched roofs to the east and west, and there is a central light-well formed with conical oculi. The roof line extends to the north and south, with semi-conical roofs


to a scale


Plan of the Roof of the House on Putney Heath / for Sir Samuel Hannay Bart- (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • October 1786
    Albemarle Street / 25.t Oct.r 1786-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (305 x 492)


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


No 8 / No 12 (in the hand of William Adam) / (obscured where affixed) [No 8 The]se Plans go in 12th into the book


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 80-1, 109, 127, pl. 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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