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SM Adam volume 28/43


[5] Finished drawing for ground storey of the library, c1760, unexecuted


Plan of a five-by-four-bay building, with the central three bays projecting to the north and south, and with the principal, stepped entrance from the north leading to a colonnaded, apsidal porch. Beyond this, the central library is flanked rooms to the east and west, each set behind a colonnaded screen, flanked by niches


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Plan for a New Library for the Royal College of Physicians at Edinburgh (underwritten in pencil) / Principal Story / Library 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 (539 x 480)


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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