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SM Adam volume 10/80


[6] Preliminary design for a detail of the New Town showing the riverbank in section, 1781


Elevation and section of a detail of the New Town, showing the topography of the land leading down to the river. The river is contained by a flood defence wall, beyond which is an arcaded abutment against a block with a pitched roof shown in section; this is connected by a balustraded link wall to an octagonal pyramidal building, and a further three-bay block with a balustraded roofline. Beyond this various stairs and vaults are shown in section


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


Highest flood / Common level of water / Line of Ground in the Meadow / Vault / Area / Kitchen / Parlor floor / One pair floor and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1781
    datable to 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (474 x 202)


Robert Adam


Cartouche surmounted by fleur de lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume 2, p. 76
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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