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SM Adam volume 42/129


[4] Design for alterations to the second storey of a house, 1777, unexecuted


Plan of the second storey of a nine-by-eight-bay building, with a central dog-legged staircase surrounded by dressing rooms and bedrooms with closets. To the right of the staircase there is a lobby and water closet. Internal windows provide additional light from the staircase to the surrounding passages. The central bedroom at the front of the building is an irregular octagonal shape and has a canted bay window


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the two pair Story of Scratby House (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) the Seat of John Ramsay Esqr / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Bed room / Closet / Closet / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Lobby / Water Closet / Bed Chamber / Dressing room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Closet / Closet / The part across(?) is [_ _] (cropped, pencil) / Scratby house (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • June 1777
    Adelphi / June 26.t 1777-

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (376 x 478)


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


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



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