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SM Adam volume 33/88


[6] Design for a house showing the ground storey, c1789, unexecuted


Ground plan showing a house and service courts. The house is a three- by four-bay rectangular block, with windows flanking a central bow on the principal front, with both open and blind windows to each side, and a central circular cantilevered staircase. The house contains reception rooms, and the rear elevation is attached to links which have single-bay doors on the front, and an open colonnade on the back, overlooking a central court. To either side of the central court are small rectangular courts, one containing stables, and the other kitchens. There is a rough variant pencil-drawn plan of the house and left-hand link in the right-hand top corner of the sheet, as well as a rough pencil drawn elevation of the principal front along the left-hand edge, and rough annotations provide topography around the central plan


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


For Thomas White Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / (and in feint pencil) [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / [ _ _ _ _ ] / Wood / Wood / Brewhouse / Bake House / [ _ _ _ _ ] House / Laundry / Dairy / Scullery / Larder / Pantry / Scullery / Kitchen / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] room / Water Closet / Hall / Mr Whites room / Staircase / Eating room / Drawing room / Servants Hall / Flowers(?) & [ _ _ _ _ _ ] / Privy / Coals & Wood / Stables / Coach House / Passage / Coach House / Coach House / Stables / Coals & Wood / Coals & Wood / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / Stable Yard and some measurements given in pencil (verso) [N]o 5

Signed and dated

  • 1789
    datable to c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (476 x 586)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (and underwritten in pencil)


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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