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  • image SM Adam volume 28/42

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SM Adam volume 28/42


[4] Finished drawing for the basement storey, c1760, unexecuted


Plan of a five-by-four-bay building, with the central three bays projecting to the north and south. There is a central, colonnaded hall with an apsidal end and niches, and this is accessed through an entrance to the south. To the north of the hall there are vaults and a staircase to the north-east. To the east and west of the hall there are domestic offices


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Plan for a new Library for the Royal College of Physicians at Edinburgh / Ground Floor / Hall / House Keepers Room / Store Room / Wine Vault / Coal Vault / Kitchen / Coffee Room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1760
    datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash, within a single ruled border on laid paper (557 x 477)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


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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