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SM Adam volume 34/18


[23] Finished drawing for a three-block house, 1779, unexecuted


Plan of the cellar beneath the central block of a square house, flanked by recessed wings, and with a subterranean passage to one side, accessed by a staircase at the far end, and the cellar contains spaces for beer, wine and coal


bar scale of 9/10 inch to 10 feet


Cellar Story of Great Saxham House in Suffolk / the Seat of Hutchinson Mure Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Staircase / Passage / Empty Casks / Passage / Empty Bottles / Beer Cellar / Beer Cellar / Staircase / Wine Cellar / Wine in Bottles / Wine in Hogsheades / Coal Cellar / Coal Cellar and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (606 x 361)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, additions to inscription in the hand of William Adam


Mr Mure Offices (in pencil) / No 4 / 4 (on a small separate sheet affixed to the verso) / Hutchinson Mure Esqr 1st Design




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Rowan, 1985, p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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