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SM Adam volume 44/108


[2] Finished drawing for a coach house, 1779, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a five-bay coach house. The central three bays are one-and-a-half-storeys high and contain three coach houses behind a moulded arcade articulated by Doric pilasters, and surmounted by a frieze of enclosed rosettes. The central three bays are flanked by single-storey, single-bay lodges with arched doors. Each part of the building has a moulded cornice


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Design of Stable Offices for General Plaistow / Plan of the Stables (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) [Gen]eral Plaistow a Temple / Number 32 (in red pen)

Signed and dated

  • 2 September 1779
    Adelphi / 2d. Sepr. 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (331 x 493)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, and title inscription in the hand of William




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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