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SM Adam volume 27/53


[3] Preliminary designs for an axial section through the library and a plan for the ground storey, c1760, unexecuted


Left - Section showing of an axial view of the library, with a large chamber at ground storey and a colonnaded hall at first storey, with roof timbers shown above. The hall is shown with arched openings set behind Doric screens, with festoons above, and wreaths ornamenting the spandrels. Flanking the screens there are pedestals supporting statuary Right- Plan of a five-bay building, with the central three bays projecting to the north and south. There is a central, colonnaded hall, with vaults to the north and domestic offices to the east and west


not to scale


Section Sideways / Ground Storey / Hall / R Room House Keeper / Storeroom / Wine Vault / Coal Vault / Kitchen / C (?) Room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1760
    datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (296 x 168)


Robert Adam


Royal Colledge of Physicians at Edinburgh. (in brown ink)


Royal coat of arms


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 12
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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