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Reference number

SM Adam volume 33/86


[2] Design for a house showing the ground storey, 1789, unexecuted


Ground plan, showing a house and service court. The house is a three- by four-bay rectangular block, with tripartite windows flanking a central porticoed door on the principal front, with two open and two blind windows to each side, and with a central half-turn staircase at the centre of the garden front, with a door giving access to the court behind. The house contains receptions rooms. The drawing has a flier showing alternative porticoes over the front door, one being rectangular, and the other being segmental. The court is rectangular, and comprises four ranges, with a segmental court for wood and coal to either side. The range adjacent to the house is an open colonnade, with service rooms in the side ranges, and a stables and coach house in the rear range


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of House & Offices for Thomas White Esqr (for Thomas White Esqr in the hand of William Adam) / Dining room / Drawing room / Sitting room / Mr. Whites Study / Store room / Kitchen / Kitchen Court for Coals Wood &c / Privy / Scullery / Dairy / Shed / Stable / Coach House / Stable / Shed / Privy / Bakehouse & Brewhouse / Wash house & Laundry / Back Court for Coals Wood &c / Servts room and measurements given (verso) No 3

Signed and dated

  • 05/06/1789
    Albermarle Street / 5t. June 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (503 x 481)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


PORTAL&BRIDGES and GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 136
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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