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SM Adam volume 50/26


[6] Finished drawing for the south side of the great staircase, c1777, as executed


Section showing the south side of the great staircase, with a part dog-leg staircase and landing shown, and with doorways at ground and first storey positioned to the left. At first-story level there is a central painted panel, flanked by medallions and festoons, and with a further ornamental panel containing an urn to the right. Above this there is a band of guilloche, and with the second storey as Adam volume 50/27


to a scale


South side of Great Staircase for Wormleybury / (and in the hand of William Adam) Sir Abraham Hume / 7th Article (?) 3 Sheets (pencil) / faint pencil inscriptions right side

Signed and dated

  • c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (374 x 524)


Office hand, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Inscription obscured by paste to folio


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
Harris, 2001, p. 71
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 16, 26, 127, 258-59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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