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SM Adam volume 50/62


[15] Design for the walls for stairwell, 1772, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey wall of a stairwell, with an urn-filled apse on the ground storey, flanked by doors, one of which has a square overdoor compartment, and a staircase is shown in profile with ornamental iron balusters, running from a landing three-quarters of the way up the ground storey, to the first storey, and the first storey has a door on the right-hand side, with a square overdoor panel, and the wall is ornamented with a large square frame containing a medallion, with an apron of an ox skull and festoons, and surmounted by arabesques, and beyond this is a rectangular compartment containing three medallions enclosed within wreaths, and the second storey has a door on the right-hand side, and two rectangular compartments to one side, and there is a frieze of enclosed rosettes alternating with portions of fluting


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of one side of Staircase / for Lord Bective

Signed and dated

  • 24/01/1772
    Janry 24t. 1772.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (311 x 530)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
Harris, 1973, note to pls. 15-18
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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