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  • image SM Adam volume 36/111

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SM Adam volume 36/111


[2] Design for the ground storey of a house and the first storey of offices, c1790, unexecuted


Plan of the ground-storey level of a five-by-three-bay block. To the north there is a central entrance leading to a small square lobby. Beyond the lobby there is a dog-legged staircase, to the east there is a passage linking to a dressing room and powdering room, and to the west there is a study. The rooms to the south include a central dining room with a bow window, and this is flanked by bedrooms. To the east and west of the main block there are five-bay pavilions accessed via a staircase linking to the ground-storey level. The pavilions contain bedrooms


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Parlour Story of Ninewells house Shewing the Bed Chamber over the offices in the new wings / Copy this in Imperial (?) (pencil) / Servants room / Servants Bedroom / Bedroom / Dinning (sic) room / Bedroom / Dressing Room / Powdering room / butlers Pantry / Loby (sic) / Study / Bedroom / Bedroom / Closet / Closet and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (467 x 293)


Office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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