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SM Adam volume 43/37


[3] Design for an unknown house, 1775, unexecuted


Plan of the bedchamber (second) storey of a house Adam volumes 43/35-36, but with no entrance on the principal front, no portico on the garden front, and no tripartite windows in the pavilions, and containing bedrooms


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Bed Chamber Story of a house for / James Alexander Esqr (of a house for / James Alexander Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) Number 7 (in red pen) / 5 / 4 (in pencil) / James Alexander Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    Adelphi 8th. March 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (593 x 496)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Joseph Bonomi, with additions to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 135
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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