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Reference number

SM Adam volume 30/97


[2] Finished drawing for a house, showing the ground plan, ND, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (ground) storey of a rectangular five- by two or three-bay house; with the central three bays on the principal front recessed and behind a portico, flanked by projecting single bays containing tripartite windows, one of which is blind; and on the garden front is a central three-bay bow behind a portico, flanked by single bays; and with a projection on each side front containing two windows on one side, and three on the other; and containing a hall, three apsidal (reception?) rooms, and a principal and back stair


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Principal Story of a House for Captain Simpson (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) Capt Simpson

Signed and dated

  • c1787-94
    date range: 1787-94

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (437 x 279)


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


Cartouche surmounted by fleur de lis


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



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