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  • image SM Adam volume 41/84

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SM Adam volume 41/84


[2] Design for the first storey of a house, c1773, possibly executed


Plan of the first storey of an eleven-bay building, with a portico to the west and a bow front set behind a colonnaded screen to the east. The building contains a central passage which runs the length of the building. The passage contains niches and links to bedrooms to the east and west. The central eastern room has a bow window and is for billiards. At the north and south end of the building there are water closets. To the south of the principal building there is a three-bay block with a circular staircase, bedrooms and a dressing room. The block links to the principal building via steps linking to the central passage. To the north of the principal building there is a five-bay block containing bedrooms accessed via staircases linking to the ground floor level


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Bed Chamber of Ray Hall the Seat of Sir James Wright Baronet (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / East / South / West / North / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Billiard Room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing Room / Dressing Room / Bed Chamber and some dimensions and figures given

Signed and dated

  • c1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (987 x 482)


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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