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SM Adam volume 38/73


[1] Design for the Ordnance Office, c1778, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of an eleven-by-three-bay building, with corner turrets. The building has a central entrance, with the flanking bays projecting, and the entrance leads to an open space with a double arcade. To the rear of the building there is a three-by-one-bay block containing a central dog-legged staircase, and this is flanked by a room to the left, and to the right there is a room and a passageway with an external entrance


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ordnance Office (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (472 x 293)


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


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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