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SM Adam volume 43/46


[1] Finished drawing showing a plan for the principal storey, c1768-70, executed with minor alterations


Plan of the principal storey of an E-shaped house, being seventeen bays wide, and with the central three and end two bays slightly projecting on the garden front, and on the principal front, the outer wings connect to two-bay links and pavilions shown in yellow


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Floor of Mellerstain House / for the Right Honble Geo Baillie of Jerviswood (in the hand of William Adam junior and underwritten in pencil) / Pavilion / Back stairs / Waiting Room / Breakfast Room / Library / Dining Room / Hall / Drawing Room / Bed Chamber / Closet / Bed Chamber / Pavilion and some measurements given (verso) 5 / Mr. Baillie

Signed and dated

  • c1768-70
    datable to c1768-70

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and yellow wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (574 x 395)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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