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  • image SM Adam volume 45/10

Reference number

SM Adam volume 45/10


[3] Design for the principal (first) storey, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (first) storey of a house as Adam volume 45/11 and 45/9, but with two open tripartite windows on the garden front, with bow balconies, flanked by niches, and containing reception and domestic rooms


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story for / General Fitzroy near Southampton (for / General Fitzroy near Southampton in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Platform / Private Dressing Room / Water Closet / Powdering Room / Aviary / Bed Chamber / Platform / Back Stairs / Great Stairs / Toilette / Great Drawing Room and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (286 x 488)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


IHS surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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