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SM Adam volume 45/60


[1] Design for the ground storey of the house, possibly executed, c1789


Plan of the ground storey of a seven-bay central block, with additional wings to the east and west. On the north front the central five bays are projecting and contain a central stepped entrance. On the south front, across the central three bays, there is a colonnaded canted bow with a central door. To the east of the central block there is an L-shaped wing with an irregular north wall, and within the east wing there is a circular room containing niches. To the west of the central block there is a rectangular wing divided into two rooms, and further west of the house a boundary wall is shown


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


1st design / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) Principal Story of a House at Teddington for Robert Udney Esqr

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (463 x 256)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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