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SM Adam volume 42/104


[8] Design for a house, 1781, unexecuted


Plan of a three- by three-bay house, with a central tripartite door accessed by tapering steps, behind which is a hall and half-turn staircase, flanked by rooms; and with a one- by two-bay link range to the rear, containing a half-turn back stair and larder, and giving access to a four- by two-bay rear range containing a kitchen and brew and wash house


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


Plan of a house for Mr Smith / First Story (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Brew and Wash house, Scullery &c / Kitchen / Larder / Passage / Back Stairs / Servants Hall / Great Stairs / Butler’s Pantry / Book Room / Hall / Dining-room / A and measurements given and some rough calculations in pencil (verso) 5

Signed and dated

  • 07/04/1781
    April 7t. / 1781.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (287 x 474)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




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



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