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SM Adam volume 37/119


[4] Preliminary design for a castellated house, 1783, unexecuted


Plan of the principal and bedchamber storeys of a house with an elliptical, three-bay central block, with corner turrets on the garden front, and external stairs on the principal front, flanked on either side by a three-bay link, and a one-bay pavilion, with a projecting bay on each side


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Bed Chamber Story of a house in the Castle Style / for Mr Stevenson [of a house in the Castle Style / for Mr Stevenson in the hand of William Adam] / Bed room / Bed room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Servants Bed / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed room / Gentlemans Water Closet / Lady's (sic) Water Closet / Plan of the Principal Story / Scullery / Housekeepers room / Kitchen / Passage / Dining room / Hall / Drawing room / Passage / China Closet / Study and some dimensions given (in pen and pencil) and some feint pencil annotations (verso) 3 / Number 27 / Mr Stevenson

Signed and dated

  • 1783
    Adelphi / 10t July 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (374 x 502)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with written annotations in the hand of Robert Adam, and additions to title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 166
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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