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SM Adam volume 46/156


[1] Design for the ground storey of a cottage, 1791, unexecuted


Plan of a three-by-one-bay cottage with a segmental porch set behind a colonnaded screen. Within the porch there is a seat set within an alcove and this is flanked by entrances. The left-hand entrance leads to a kitchen with a pantry beyond. The right-hand entrance leads to a living room, with a staircase to the rear. In front of the building there is a carriage gateway and foot passage gate. To the rear of the building there is a yard with a hen house, a space for wood and coals, and a privy


to a scale


Plan of the Cottage and Gate at the entrance to Aytown / House for John Fordyce Esq.r / Porch / Seat / Kitchen / Closet / Pantry / Living room / Closet / Yard / Hen house / Wood & Coals / Privy / Two rows of Trees / Carriage / Foot Path / Two Rows of Trees / 64th (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • March 1791
    Albemarle Street / 23 March 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (473 x 272)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 257
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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