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SM Adam volume 42/107


[1] Finished drawing for a house, c1779, unexecuted


Plan for the bedchamber (third) storey of a five- by four-bay house, with the central bay slightly projecting on the front and rear, and most of the windows to each side being blind, and containing bedrooms and dressing rooms


bar scale of 2 ½ inches to 10 feet


Bed Chamber Story of a house for Mr Powell (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Bed Chamber / Anti room or Servants Bed room / Passage / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing room or Servts Bed room / Staircase / Bed Chamber and some measurements given (verso) 2 / Mr. Powell

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (588 x 445)


Adam office hand, possible Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


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



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