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SM Adam volume 29/69


[12] Design for kitchen offices, c1789, possibly executed


Elevation and section of the kitchen offices, with a central elevation of a single-storey, three-bay building, with a central arched entrance flanked by single-bay, projecting pavilions, with pitched roofs. Beyond this Doric colonnaded links lead to wings. The section of the left-hand wing shows a flat roof, with a coved ceiling within. There is a central relieving arch containing an oculus. The right-hand wing has a broader relieving arch, which contains shelves for storage, and this is flanked by entrances


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Section across the Kitchen Offices from N. to S. / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) the seat of Lord Chief Baron Eyre

Signed and dated

  • c1789
    Albe (cropped)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, pink and Naples yellow wash on laid paper (480 x 258)


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


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 394
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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