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SM Adam volume 43/84


[2] Design for the house and offices, 1776, unexecuted


Plan of the principal storey of a house set within a sunken area, with a rectangular five-by-five-bay central block, with a single-bay external stair giving access to the door on the principal (south) front, and with the central three bays forming a bow on the garden (north) front. The central block contains a screened central hall, with a screened full-turn staircase, with landings, to the west, and a dog-legged back staircase and square ante-room to the east, and the northern half of the central block has a large circular saloon at the centre, with a rectangular drawing room to the west, and dining room with one apsidal wall to the east, and the central block is flanked by three-bay links, one containing a bedroom, and one containing a dressing room, with porticoed garden (north) fronts, and these link to one- by three-bay pavilions, containing servants’ bedrooms


bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 10 feet


North (underwritten in pencil) / Plan of the Principal Story of a New Design for Alexander Speirs Esqr at Kings Inch near Glasgow (underwritten in pencil) / Salon (underwritten in pencil) / Drawing room (underwritten in pencil) / Eating room (underwritten in pencil) / West (underwritten in pencil) / A / Servants Bedroom (underwritten in pencil) / Servants Bedroom(underwritten in pencil) / Water closet (underwritten in pencil) / Gentlemans Dress' Room(underwritten in pencil) / Study (underwritten in pencil) / Staircase (underwritten in pencil) / Hall (underwritten in pencil) / Ante Room (underwritten in pencil) / Lady's Dress' room(underwritten in pencil) / Bed Chamber (underwritten in pencil) / Water Closet (underwritten in pencil) / Kitchen continued (underwritten in pencil) / Servants Bedroom (underwritten in pencil) / East (underwritten in pencil) / Area (in pencil) / Area (in pencil) / South (underwritten in pencil) and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • December 1776
    Adelphi / Decr. 16t. 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a triple ruled border on laid paper (471 x 627)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 395
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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