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  • image SM Adam volume 45/3

Reference number

SM Adam volume 45/3


[3] Design showing a plan for principal (ground) storey for the house, 1773, unexecuted


Plan of the principal (ground) storey of a house, as Adam volume 45/2, but with a central tripartite entrance on the principal front, acceded by external stairs, and with the flanking bays articulated by engaged columns, and without the office court shown. This storey contains reception and domestic rooms


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Principal Story of a house for Sir james Campbell at Ardinglass (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Water Closet / powdering room / Ladys dressing Room / powdering room / Bed Chamber / Sir James's Library / Drawing Room / Dining Room / Ante Room / Hall / Great Stair and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 20/04/1773
    Adelphi 20th April 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash on laid paper (584 x 492)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 2
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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