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SM Adam volume 45/80


[5] Design for a house, 1783, unexecuted


First and second storey plans for a house as Adam volumes 46/91-92, with the staircase in the back left-hand corner of the central block, with bedroom on both storeys of the central block; the continuation of the brew house in the roof space of the left-hand pavilion, and the gardener’s garret room of the right-hand pavilion


bar scale of 4/5 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Attic Story of a house for Captain Pitts (of a house for Captain Pitts in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Staircase / Lobby / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Plan of the One Pair Story / Brew house &c. continued / Closet / Staircase / Lobby / Bed Chamber / Closet / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Closet / Bed / Gardeners room / Closet and some measurements given (verso) 3 / Number 22 (in red pen) / Captain Pitts

Signed and dated

  • 22/05/1783
    22nd. May 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (474 x 293)


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




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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