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SM Adam volume 32/82


[4] Design for the first storey of the house, c1784


Plan of a five-by-five-bay building, with square corner turrets, and with a colonnaded screen along the south front. The proposed alterations create a square formation from the L-plan building, with an additional wing to the north-east containing bedchambers, and additional corner turrets to the rear containing dressing rooms


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


One Pair Story of Blackadder House / (and in the hand of William Adam) the Seat of Alex Boswell Esqr / A / B / Dress. Room / Bed Chamber / Water Closet / Bed Chamber / Dress. Room / Water Closet / Principal Staircase / Bed Chamber / Closet / Cabinet / Drawing Room / BedChamber / Water Closet / Powdering room / Dress. room

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (477 x 264)


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


6 (cropped)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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