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SM Adam volume 50/28


[7] Finished drawing for the east and west sides of the great staircase, c1777, as executed


Sections showing the west and east sides of the great staircase. The western section is shown with a central doorway on the ground storey, and with a landing above. At first-storey level there is a central grotesque panel flanked by a doorway to the right, and a plaque ornamented with an urn in relief to the left, with medallions, festoons and ribbons set above. At second-storey level the ornamentation is as Adam volume 50/27, but with the central compartment flanked by narrow panels ornamented with ribbons and drop calyx. The east section shows a pair of doorways on the ground storey, and on the first storey, there are paired doorways with fan lights above, and with a figurative roundel and an impost moulding between. At the second-storey level the ornamentation is as Adam volume 50/27


to a scale


West End of Great Staircase / East End of Great Staircase / (and in the hand of William Adam) at Wormsley the Seat of Sir Abraham Hume (underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (376 x 524)


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


Inscription obscured by paste to folio




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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