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image SM Adam volume 29/65

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/65

Purpose

[7] Design for the ground storey of a house and offices, 1789, possibly executed

Aspect

Plan of the ground floor of a six-by-seven-bay house, with a colonnaded portico to the west, and a canted bow to the south. To the east of the house there are extensive kitchen offices arranged around a colonnaded court. To the rear of this there is a kitchen court, drying ground and a kitchen garden beyond. Further east there is a stable block as SM Adam volume 29/71. To the north of the stables there is an orchard, with an inscription noting alterations to ground levels

Scale

bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

Ground Plan of the House and Offices at Ruscombe / (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) the seat of Lord Chief Baron Eyre / Kitchen Garden / saddle horse stable / saddles / stable / Coach house / stable / Harness / Coach horse Stable / Drying Ground / Kitchen court / wood shed / Coal shed / Laundry / wash-house / Scullery / Kitchen / Under Butler / Pantry / [_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _] Passage / Privy / Pantry / Dairy / Dry Larder / Wet Larder / Brewhouse / servants Hall / New Library / With drawing room / Hall / Library / Eating room / Butlers Pantry / Housekeepers room / Passage / steps taken off the Orchard / The Orchard / Mr Fowlers Field / 63 (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • June 1789
    Albemarle Street / 27. June 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (544 x 375)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Daniel Robertson or Robert Morison, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Verso

6

Watermark

JWHATMAN

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 393; Volume II, p. 133
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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