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SM Adam volume 45/16


[3] Design for the first storey of a house, c1762


Plan of the first storey of a five-by-four-bay building with a bow front to the south. There is a central passage which links to surrounding bedrooms and a staircase to the east. The central bedroom to the south has a bow window, and there is a further staircase to the north west


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Bed Chamber Story / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of a house for John Jones Esqr at Charlton / Bed room / Bed Chamber / Passage / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (439 x 330)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 124
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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