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SM Adam volume 45/39


[9] Design for alterations to the house, 1774, unexecuted


Ground plan of a house which is eleven bays wide on the west front, and with the central three bays slightly projecting, and seven bays wide on the east front, with two-bay corner pavilions to either side


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Ground Storey 11ft 6in high / Chamber Storey 11ft 3 in high / Another Design of a house for Alexander Wedderburne Esqr / afterwards Earl of Rosslyn (Another Design of a house for Alexander Wedderburne Esqr / afterwards Earl of Rosslyn in the hand of William Adam) / Drawing Room / Servants Hall / Housekeeper's Room / Dining Room / Hall / Butler's Pantry / Larder / Kitchen / Study

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and yellow wash on laid paper (405 x 312)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 386, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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