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  • image SM Adam volume 35/98

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SM Adam volume 35/98


[3] Design for the first storey of a house, possibly executed, c1786


Plan of the first storey of a three-bay building. The front drawing room is oval in form, with corner niches. Beyond this there is a staircase set within an oval compartment, closet and water closet. To the rear there is a further drawing room with apsidal ends forming a bowed rear front. To the right of this there is a link passage connecting to a building beyond. This contains an apsidal dancing room, with niches, and with a staircase leading to the upper floor


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Plan of the one pair story / 1st Drawing room / Closet / Area / Water Closet / Staircase / 2nd Drawing room / Passage / Dancing room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (199 x 462)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


GR surmounted by 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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