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SM Adam volume 41/82


[5] Design for a house, c1773, possibly executed


Longitudinal section of a two-storey building with a hipped roof, and this links to a one-and-a-half-storey block with a hipped roof. At the ground-storey level of the principal block there is a central room with two fireplaces, and these are flanked by doorways. The central room is flanked by two further rooms. At the first storey level there are a series of room, with the central room containing a fireplace. The block to the left of the principal building contains a room with a central fireplace flanked by doorways at the ground-storey level. Above, in the attic-storey level, there are further rooms


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Section through Ray Hall the seat of Sir James Wright Baronet (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (601 x 429)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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