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SM Adam volume 45/57


[7] Design for the first storey of a house, c1785, unexecuted


Plan of a three-by-three-bay house, with the central bay of the principal front set with a balcony. The central bay of the rear façade is projecting, and contains an apsidal balcony flanked by paired columns. Beyond this there is a bedchamber with a shallow apse, and with irregular-shaped, mirrored closets beyond. There is a central passage and this links to bedchambers, and a dog-leg staircase


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Bed Chamber / Passage / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Closet / Closet / Bed Chamber / Closet / Water Closet

Signed and dated

  • c1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (472 x 276)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Number 17 (brown ink) / Gibbs Crawford Esq.r (cropped) / 4 / 17 (pencil)


GR surmounted by a banded cartouche supporting a fleur-de-lis


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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