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image SM Adam volume 49/13

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SM Adam volume 49/13


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


Plan of the basement storey, of a seven-bay house, with a three-bay wing, containing service and domestic rooms


bar scale of 3/20 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Ground Story of Cumberland House Pall Mall [of Cumberland House Pall Mall in the hand of William Adam] / Area / Mr Galloways Rooms / Strong Room / Strong Room / Butlers Pantry / Passage / Maids Room / House Keepers Room / Passage / Wet Larder / Dry Larder / Store Room / Bed Room / Cellar / Closet / Passage / Arcade / Court Yard / Cellar / Lobby / Passage / Footmens Room / Servants Hall / Stewards Eating Room / Passage / Kitchen / Area / Staircase / Passage / Oven / Hot Press / Copper / Passage / Pastry / Scullery / Cistern / Area and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink wash on laid paper (482 x 639)


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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