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SM Adam volume 35/95


[8] Design for a longitudinal section through a house, possibly executed, c1786


Longitudinal section through a three-and-a-half-storey building, with a double pitched roof, and stepped entrance. The staircase is positioned centre, set within an oval compartment, with a conical oculus forming the light-well above. The basement level extends beyond the front and rear of the building. The wall treatments for the rear rooms at both ground storey and first storey contain Doric pilasters. Beyond the building there is a two-storey link structure, with a Doric colonnade at ground storey, and with tapered pilasters surmounted by herms at first storey. This links to a three-storey building to the rear of the house, with a double pitched roof, and stepped access to the basement level


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Section through the House & Offices of Lord Delavals house in Conduit Street (underwritten in pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow (470 x 294)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison




GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 423
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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