Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [1] Preliminary design for alterations to the house, unexecuted, October 1778


  • image SM Adam volume 41/36

Reference number

SM Adam volume 41/36


[1] Preliminary design for alterations to the house, unexecuted, October 1778


Ground floor plan of the house, domestic offices and farm buildings


bar scale of 1/16 inch to 1 foot


House and Offices for _ Towers Esqr / at Weald in Essex (in a later hand) / Wash House & Laundry / Larder / Larder / Larder / Scullery & Bake House / Kitchen / Banquetting room / Engine House / Servants Hall / Lobby / Store room / House Keepers room / Butlers Pantry / Library / Staircase / Drawing Room / Eating Room / Hall / Saloon / Water Closet / Stable / Coach House / Harness room over / Stable / Scullery / Dairy / Brew House / Harness room / Cow House / Cow yard / Barn / Straw yard / Coach House / Gateway / Pigeon House over / Coach House / Waggon House / Granary / Workshop / Shed for Waggons & Carts / Cow House / Calf House / Stable / Barn / Poultry / Poultry / Poultry / Poultry / Poultry / Yard for Poultry / Pigs / Pigs / Pigs / Pigs / Pigs / Pigs / Pigs / Yard for Pigs and some dimensions

Signed and dated

  • October 1778
    Adelphi / Octr 17t 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (762 x 771)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).