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SM Adam volume 50/44


[6] Designs for the staircase, 1764-65, unexecuted


Two wall elevations, for a two-storey stairwell, with a coved ceiling, and with painted ornamentation on the right-hand wall, including the figure of Britannia


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Section of the / Stair Case for / John Sargent Esqr (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / West Side / North Side

Signed and dated

  • 1764-1765
    date range: 1764-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including olive green on laid paper (475 x 557)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Plan and laid out wall elevations of three walls, for the same staircase shown on the recto, with a half-turn staircase cantilevered from the walls / 5 / John Sargent Esqr


IV and LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Red wax shows that it was probably sent by post.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 180
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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