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SM Adam volume 37/107


[1] Preliminary design for the ground storey and the principal front of a house, c1785, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a three-by four-bay house, with the central bay of the north front projecting and set behind a porte cochère. The entrance is flanked by tripartite windows and leads to a hall, which is flanked by a dressing room with a water closet, and a small staircase with a room for great coats adjoining. There is a central circular staircase with niches, and this is flanked by a drawing room and eating room with tripartite windows to the south. The central bay of the south front is projecting, and contains a further tripartite window


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of a new design for St Hill House (and in the hand of William Adam underwritten in pencil) for Gibbs Crawford Esqr / Hall / Dress.g room / Drawing room / Anti room / Stairs / Eating room / 109 (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (473 x 244)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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