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SM Adam volume 37/25


[19] Design showing a plan of the basement storey, 1777, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of a rectangular house, being eleven bays across the principal front, with a central door underneath paired quarter-turn external stairs, and with the forth and eighth bays slightly projecting, and with nine bays across the garden front, with a central bow containing a tripartite window, flanked by single-bay circular towers, and the house is five bays wide, and with one- by one-bay square towers on the front corners, and projecting single end bays on the rear corners, and containing service rooms


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of Fleurs Castle / for his Grace The Duke of Roxburgh (in the hand of William Adam) / Housekeepers Bed room / Housekeepers parlor / Still room / Stewards Eating room / Butlers room / Silver Scullery / Stewards room / Stewards Office / Servants Hall / Cellar / Gallery / Cellar / Cellar and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 15/11/1777
    Adelphi 15th/ Novr. 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (499 x 344)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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