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SM Adam volume 43/82


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


Longitudinal section of a house and offices showing a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay central block with a hipped roof and four chimneystacks, flanked by two-storey, three-bay links, leading to two-storey, one-bay pavilions, all above stepped foundations and a half-sunk basement which includes barrel-vaulting beneath the central block and links, and at its terminus an office court with projecting bow, and the section of the central block depicts a screened hall and full-turn stair with landings, and the eastern pavilion contains a one-and-a-half-storey kitchen


bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 10 feet


Section through the House and Offices from A to B / for Alexander Spiers Esqr near Glasgow (in the hand of William Adam) with some measurements included

Signed and dated

  • 1776
    datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (500 x 898)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam, addition to title inscription in the hand of William 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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