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SM Adam volume 36/113


[4] Design for the attic storey of a house, 1790, unexecuted


Plan of the attic storey of a five-by-three-bay building, with a bow front in the southern facade. The bowed space is divided into two bedrooms with corner closets, and beyond this a passage links to flanking bedrooms. There is stepped access linking from the passage to the northern section of the building, which contains a dog-legged staircase flanked by further bedrooms, and there is a passage for powdering


to a scale


Plan of the Attick Story of Ninewells House (underwritten in pencil) / the Seat of Joseph Hume Esqr (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Copy this in Imperial (?) (pencil) / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Passage / Bedroom / Passage for Powdering in / Closet / Bed Room / Closet and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • July 1790
    Edinr 4 July / 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (359 x 270)


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


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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