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SM Adam volume 37/105


[11] Design for the first storey of a house, 1785, unexecuted


Plan of the first storey of a three-by-three-bay addition to a house. The principal front contains tripartite windows, and the central bay has a balcony flanked by turrets. To the rear there is a central staircase, and this is surrounded by bedchambers and dressing rooms. The additional block links via the staircase to an existing irregular shaped building. This building contains bedchambers, closets and an additional staircase. To the rear there is a bedchamber with a canted bay window, and this links to two additional closets


bar scale of 1 3/8 inches to 10 feet


Bed Chamber Story of Saint Hill house for Gibbs Crawford Esqr (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Bed Room Story for Bow Window plan (pencil) / Bed Chamber / Closet / Closet / Bed Room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Closet / Water Closet / Bed Chamber / Servts Room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressg room / Bed Chamber / Water Closet / Closet / 105 (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • December 1785
    Adelphi / 15.t Dec.r 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (379 x 507)


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


Fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Number 22 (brown ink) / Mr Crawford 1st / 2 (crossed through) / 4 / 4 / 2 (crossed through) / Mr Crawford


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 133
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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