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  • image SM Adam volume 43/18

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/18


[2] Finished drawing for the house, c1764


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a four-by-nine-bay central block, with the central three bays slightly projecting on the principal (south) front, and connected to external stairs, and with a shallow, central, three-bay bow on the garden (north) front, and flanked by three-bay links, and three-by-five-bay pavilions which have five tripartite windows on the principal front


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Principal Floor of Buchanan House one of the Seats / of His Grace The Duke of Montrose (of Buchanan House one of the Seats / of His Grace The Duke of Montrose in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Brew house continued / Servants Room / Staircase / Passage / Servants Room / Kitchen continued / Cooks Room / Drawing Room / Dining Room / Dressing Room / Water Closet / Bed Chamber / Breakfasting Room / Great Stairs / Hall / Staircase / Duke's Dressing Room / Staircase / Servants Room / Servants room / Passage / Servants room / Laundry / Servants room and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1764
    datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (1044 x 454)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or William Hamilton, and addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 123
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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