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SM Adam volume 37/108


[2] Preliminary design for the first storey of a house, 1785, unexecuted


Plan of the first storey of a three-by-four-bay house, with the central bays of the north and south fronts projecting. The north front consists of tripartite windows, and the central bay of the south front contains an apse set behind a balustrade and flanked by paired columns. There is a central circular staircase, which is set behind a columnar screen, and this leads to an apsidal ended powdering room. The central staircase is surrounded by bedchambers and dressing rooms, and there is an additional small staircase to the north east


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Bed Chamber Story / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Powdering room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / 108 (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • December 1785
    Adelphi / 15.t Decr 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (473 x 274)


Robert Adam


Gibs (sic) Crawford Esqr




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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