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image SM Adam volume 36/6

Reference number

SM Adam volume 36/6

Purpose

[1] Design for the basement storey, 1787, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of the basement storey of a three-bay house, which extends beyond the principal front with steps leading down to passageways, which link to water closets. A central entrance leads into a further passageway, which provides access to the chairmen’s room. Beyond this there are wine vaults, a stairwell set within an oval compartment, and a further staircase set within the bow rear front, which leads through a colonnaded screen to a courtyard beyond. The courtyard is flanked by wings, containing a room for hampers and a confectioner’s room with an oven or copper. Beyond this a passage-way links to the opposite wing, containing a larder/pantry set within a bow front, a beer cellar, and at a lower level, a further wine vault. Beyond this, the rear of the building is irregular in plan and contains kitchen offices

Scale

bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Plan of the Ground Story / Whites Chocolate House / Ground Story / Whites Chocolate house Ground Story (pencil) / Passage to Womens necessary / A / Passage to Mens Necessary / Area / Area / Passage / D / Housekeepers room / Chairmens room / C / Passage / Wine binns / Closet / Servants Eating room / Larder & Pantry / Wine Vault / Small Beer Cellar / Room for Hampers / Court / Larder or Pantry / Wine Vault / Confectioners room & Pantry / Passage / B / Coal Vault / Kitchen / Scullery / Sitting room

Signed and dated

  • 1787
    Robt Adam Architect 1787.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (525 x 731)

Hand

Probably
Robert Adam

Verso

no 6 / no 6

Watermark

JWHATMAN; Fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 50
Sheppard, 1960, pp. 457-58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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