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SM Adam volume 42/31


[1] Preliminary design for the house, 1768


Plan of the ground storey of a double pile, nine-bay house, with tripartite windows in the central and end bays, and the central three and end bays slightly projecting on the principal front, and the end bays slightly projecting on the garden front, and the house is flanked by semicircular domestic courts


bar scale of 1 1/5 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Basement Story of a House for John Murray Esqr of Philliphaugh / Privy / Scullery / Dry Larder / Kitchen Court / Wet Larder / Privy / Wood & Coals / Kitchen / Nursery / Servants Hall / Butlers Pantry / Dining Room / Great Stairs / Hall / Store Room / Dressg room / Housekeepers room / Bed Chamber / Laundrey / Dressing Room / Coals / Privy / Wood / Privy / The Privy's are all of this Size / (and in pencil in the hand of A.T. Bolton) James Adam / 1768 and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (545 x 276)


James Adam, and additional inscriptions in pencil by A.T. Bolton




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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