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SM volume 65/25


[1] Survey plan of basement floor


The Plan of the Basement of Coombe House


bar scale of 1/16 inch to 1 foot


as above, NB The Walls and Rooms of this / Floor are of the same / Thickness & Size as in the / Floor above / The Centter of all the Wndows / are under those above

Medium and dimensions

Pen and black wash on laid paper (287 x 457)


attributed to James Adams (1785-1850) (pupil May 1806 - June 1809)


The hand seems to be the same as for drawings [3] to [6] and so was made by Adams between 1806 and 1809. It is inscribed 'Lord Hawkesbury' which was Lord Liverpool's title from 1768 to 1796 and clearly this is a copy from an earlier drawing.



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