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SM Adam volume 44/45


[4] Design for additions to the older house, 1772, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (ground) storey of a house, with a nine-bay principal front, with a portico of engaged columns across the central three bays, and with eight bays along one side, and seven along the other, and with an E-shaped garden front, with a central projecting, and apsidal room, and another projecting room to either side


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


Principal Story of a House for Thomas Gifford Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1772
    datable to 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a double ruled border on laid paper (679 x 507)


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


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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