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  • image SM Adam volume 45/79

Reference number

SM Adam volume 45/79


[2] Finished drawing for a house, unexecuted, 1783


Basement plan and garden front elevation of a house as Adam volume 45/78, but with an alternate treatment on the central block. The central block is set over a half-height basement with tripartite windows in the end bays; surmounted by Venetian windows on the ground storey flanking a central door accessed by a tapering staircase; and with rectangular balustraded windows on the first storey and half-height windows on the second storey. The pavilions are also slightly different as they each contain a door surmounted by an oculus window. The basement plan only encompasses the central block and rear coal vault area, and contains service rooms and cellars


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 10 feet


Back Front of a Villa for Captain Pitts / Plan of the Ground Story / Necessary / Ashes / Arcade / Coal Vault / Small Beer / Wood Vault / Area / Shows. Knives &c. / Store rom / House keepers room / Wine Cellar / Staircase / Lobby / Wet Larder / Kitchen / Dry Larder / Pantry / Scullery and some measurements given (verso) 2 / 2

Signed and dated

  • 02/05/1783
    Adelphi / 2d May 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (510 x 375)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


JKOOL surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 136
For a full list of literature references see schemes notes.



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