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SM Adam volume 49/14


[61] Finished drawing for the layout of the house, with the intended alterations highlighted in pink, 1785, unexecuted


Plan of the parlour (ground) storey, of a seven-bay house, with a three-bay wing, with a one-bay entrance porch, and a screen wall on the street, and containing service, public and reception rooms


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Cumberland House Pallmall [in the hand of William Adam] / Parlour Story / Card room / Musick (sic) room / Great Dining room / Supper room / Watercloset / Staircase / Porters Bed / Music Gallery above / Principal Stairs / Water Closet / Back Stairs / Lobby / Linen Closet / Court / Closet for Gmens Coats / Porters Bed / Ante room / Hall / Waiting room / Porters Hall / Parlour / Parlour / Porters Hall / Passage for chairs / Passage for chairs / Passage for servants and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    Adelphi / 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink wash on laid paper (488 x 444)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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