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SM Adam volume 30/34


[4] Design for the attic floor of a castle-style building, 1793, unexecuted


Garret (attic) floor plan comprising two barrack rooms and two bedrooms arranged around an open-well staircase. The rear bedroom is octagonal


to a scale


Plan of the Garret Story / (in the hand of William Adam) of Knockear Castle / Barrack room / Bedroom / Staircases / Bedroom / Barrack room with some room dimensions / (verso) This to be placed seventh / (in another pen) John Buchanan Esqr Knockear Castle

Signed and dated

  • 14/10/1793
    Albemarle Street / 14 Octb 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (472x265)


Adam office hand, possibly John Robertson


J Whatman


Bolton, Volume II, Index, 1922, p.20
King, Volume 2, 2001, pp. 138, 163
Further literary references in scheme notes



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