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image SM Adam volume 37/102

Reference number

SM Adam volume 37/102

Purpose

[1] Design for a house and offices, 1779, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of the principal (ground) storey of a house and kitchen offices. The house is composed of a rectangular seven- by five- or six-bay block, with square, single-bay corner towers, and the central three bays on the principal front slightly projecting and with a square, single-bay porch, and containing a central oval staircase, reception rooms, domestic rooms and service rooms. At the rear of the house is a link corridor connecting to the kitchen offices, which are octagonal, with a rectangular, single-bay corner tower on every other front, and with tripartite windows in between, and containing a kitchen and service rooms. There are also rough and measured pencil-drawn plans for the house and offices on the sheet, as well as a rough pencil-drawn three-storey elevation of the offices in the top left-hand corner

Scale

bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

Plan of the Principal Story for Col. St. Paul / Dressing room / Library / Hall / Eating room / Buffet room / Housekeepers room / Butlers Pantry / Water Closet / Bed / Bed / Inner room / Staircase / Drawing room / Store room / China Closet Larder / Larder / Servants Hall / Pantry / Cloaths / Scullery / Kitchen / Pantry and measurements given / (and in pencil) Scullery / Kitchen / Pantry / Larder / Serts Hall / Cloaths (verso) Number 21 / Colonel St Paul

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 23d. April 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (529 x 376)

Hand

Adam office hand, probably Robert Adam

Watermark

JWHATMAN

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 165, 246
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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