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SM Adam volume 46/180


[3] Design for a cottage, 1780, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a three-bay cottage, with a central tripartite door behind a single-bay portico; behind which is a hall and half-turn staircase, flanked by apsidal rooms forming three-bay bows on the side elevations, and with two-light windows at the front. Behind this front portion of the house is a narrower area with small rooms on each side of the staircase; and beyond is an older three-bay by two-bay rectangular block – delineated in pink – with small single-bay service pavilions on each far corner


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


Cottage for Samuel Smith Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Beer Cellar / Scullery / Dairy / Kitchen / Passage / Butlers room / Staircase / Servants Hall / Parlor / Hall / Book room / The Red paint is the present Cottage (underwritten in pencil) and measurements given in pen and pencil

Signed and dated

  • 11/12/1780
    Decr 11t / 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (468 x 429)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 260
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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