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image SM Adam volume 35/66

Reference number

SM Adam volume 35/66

Purpose

[15] Design for the ground storey, 1786, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-three-bay building, with a stepped porte cochère to the north, and this leads to a hall flanked by dressing rooms. The dressing rooms are formed with three apsidal spaces, and with tripartite windows set behind balustraded columned screens. The dog-leg, principal staircase is positioned in the centre, with an additional staircase to the west. This is flanked by a drawing room to the east and a dining room to the west, with a linking passage containing niches and a columnar screen between the two. To the south there is a bowed library or garden room, with a columnar screen linking to the principal stairs. The south façade has a central, stepped portico, and this is flanked by tripartite windows, set behind balustraded columnar screens

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

Plan of the Principal Story / South / Library or Garden room / East / Drawing room / Principal Stairs / Area / Dining room / West / Ladys Dressing room / Hall / Gentlemans Dressing room / North / No. 7 and some dimesions given

Signed and dated

  • October 1786
    Albemarle Street / 25.t Oct.r 1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and Payne's grey wash on laid paper (325 x 482)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Robert Morison

Verso

No. 5

Watermark

fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 80-81, 109, 127, pl. 126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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