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SM Adam volume 36/90


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


Plan of the principal (first) storey, and elevation of the principal front of a house with a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay central block with a pitched roof, with the central three bays projecting, a central tripartite door, and with a central spiral staircase. The central block is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, one-bay pavilions, with pyramidal roofs, tripartite windows, and each contains a large circular room


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


Principal Front of Villa for the Princess Lubomirski / Plan of the Principal front / Kitchen continued / Water Closet / China Closet / Butlers Closet / Passage / Dining room / Anti room / Hall / Drawing room / Conservatory or Ferne Chamber / Library and dimensions given (verso) No 1

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    datable to c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (469 x 317)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 55
Rowan, 1985, p. 32
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 128
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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