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  • image SM Adam volume 46/92

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SM Adam volume 46/92


[4] Drawing for publication showing a design for a house, 1783, unexecuted


First floor plan and garden front elevation of a house as Adam volume 46/91, but with an alternate treatment on the central block. The central block has a central door accessed by a tapering staircase, and flanked by single-storey projections containing arched balustraded windows; and with rectangular balustraded windows on the first storey, and half-height windows on the second storey. The flanking links are divided into three bays by an arcade of relieving arches, each containing a window; and beyond the pavilions each contain a door surmounted by an oculus window, set within a relieving arch. The plan shows bedrooms in the first storey of the central block, a continuation of the brew house in the roof space of the left-hand pavilion, and the gardener’s garret room in the right-hand pavilion


to a scale


Unknown (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Unknown (in pencil) / 33 / 33d (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • May 1783
    datable to May 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (256 x 158)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


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



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