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  • image SM Adam volume 46/45

Reference number

SM Adam volume 46/45


[4] Design for the basement storey of a house, c1774


Plan of the basement storey of a three-bay house, with steps down to a sunken area, this leads to a central corridor flanked by vaults and domestic offices. Beyond this a staircase leads up to the ground floor (Adam volume 46/46), and there are further domestic offices which extend beyond the rear


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Henry Drummond Esq (pencil) / Ground Story of the 2.d design / B. / 14th (pencil) / Small Bar / Cleaning Shoes Knives Etc- / Pantry / Area / Area / Pantry / Under Butlers room / Housekeepers room / Storeroom / Wine in Casks / Wine in bottles / Bottles / Bottles / Bottles / Servants Closet / Bedroom / Servants Hall / Stewards or Butlers room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Naples yellow and pink, within a single ruled border on laid paper (240 x 456)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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