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  • image SM Adam volume 29/4

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SM Adam volume 29/4


[1] Finished drawing for a new house, c1770-76, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of an eleven-bay house, with a projecting porte-cocherè on the principal front, and a bow across the central three bays of the garden front, and with an enclosed rectangular courtyard and gateway at the front


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Ground Storey of a House for His Grace the Duke of Portland/ Shed / Shed / Gold Fish & c / Cold Bath / Anti room / Hot Bath / Privy / Privy / Powdering room / Lobby / Book room / Duke's Bed Chamber / Library / Butler's Pantry / Servants Hall / Passage / Staircase / Passage / Staircase / Housekeeper's Store room / Housekeeper's Bed room / Wine Cellar / Empty bottles / Steward's Bed room / Steward's Dining room / Poultry / Privy / Porters room / Lobby for Chairs / Confectioner's room / Confectioner's Bed room / Under Butler's bed room / Plate room / Passage / Ice house / Cook's Pantry / Pastry / Larder / Stair case / Dry Larder / Kitchen / Scullery to Kitchen / Cook's room / Privy / Stable yard / Stable / Closet / Porter's room / Coach House / Coach House / Coach House / Stable / Stable yard / Stable / Coach House / Coach House / Coach House / Stable / Stable yard / Porters room / Closet / Stable / Stable yard / Privy / Stable / Coach house / Coach house / Coach house / Coach house / Coach house / Harness room / Stair case / Boiling room / Yard and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1770-1776
    date range: 1770-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (560 x 1150)


Adam office hand


Duke of Portland (in pencil)


DXCB within cartouche; D&CBLAUW IV


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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