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  • image SM Adam volume 44/33

Reference number

SM Adam volume 44/33


[1] Finished drawing for the ground storey of a house, c1758-68, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a house, which is half sunk on one side; with a five-bay central block containing vaults and bedrooms, and with the central three bays recessed and behind a portico on one front, and flanked by three-bay bows on the other front; and the central block is flanked by three-bay links, one containing stables, and the other service rooms; and beyond are three- by three-bay pavilions with projecting central bays on the front and read, with coach houses in one pavilion, and kitchens in the other


bar scale of 1 1/8 inches to 10 feet


Ground Story of a House for _ Palmer Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / (and in feint pencil) [ ___ ] / Coach House / Coach House / [ ___ ] / Stable / Butlers room / Wine in Bottles / Wine Casks / Housekeeping room / Servants room / Beer and Cyder Celler / House Keepers Bed Room / Servants Hall / Butlers Pantry / [ ___ ] / Scullery / Kitchen (verso) 4 / 9 (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1758-68
    date range: c1758-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (540 x 346)


Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


LVG surmounted by fleur di lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 136
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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