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SM Adam volume 50/50


[18] Design for the staircase, c1766-68, unexecuted


Plan and laid out wall elevations for a three-storey half-turn staircase, with a Diocletian window on the ground storey, and a Venetian window in the second storey, and with doors in the end wall opposite, and in the side walls, and the walls are ornamented with a string course of rosettes enclosed within lozenges, and a fluted frieze, and a detail of the string course and Venetian window in the bottom left-hand corner


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Section of a Staircase for The Right Honble Lord Clifford (in the hand of William Adam) / String under Window to / break as per Sketch and measurements given in pen and pencil, and the individual stairs of the staircase are numbered in pencil on the plan (verso) 13 (in pencil) / Lord Coventry Clifford at Ugbrooke / 5 / Lord Clifford and some rough pencil calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1766-68
    date range: 1766-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash on laid paper (485 x 566)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


XD&CB within a cartouche


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



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