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  • image SM Adam volume 43/58

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SM Adam volume 43/58


[2] Design for a house, 1772, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a house as Adam volume 43/57, but with the central three bays on the principal no longer projecting, but behind a portico of engaged columns, and the central block contains reception rooms, and the links to either side are three bays on the principal front, and have no windows on the garden front, and the wings to either side largely contain bedrooms


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Principal Story of a House and Offices. for John Role Walter Esqr. / at Bicton in Devonshire / Room for Flour &c. / Brew house continued / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Lobby / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Dining room / Anti Room / Drawing Room / Hay Loft / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Hay Loft and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • March 1772
    Adelphi March 27th. 1772.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (752 x 520)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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