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SM Adam volume 46/101


[4] Finished drawings for a villa, c1787, unexecuted


Plans of the principal (first), and bed chamber (second) storeys, and elevation of the principal front of a two-and-half-storey, five-bay house, with a pitched roof, and external steps. The central three bays are projecting, and composed of a central door and narrow windows within a portico surmounted by a miniature pediment, and with a tripartite window in the upper register, surmounted by a pediment with an oculus in the tympanum. The house has a central spiral staircase, and a three-bay bow at the rear


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Unknown (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    datable to c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (137 x 225)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Rowan, 1985, p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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