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image SM Adam volume 43/27

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/27

Purpose

[3] Finished drawing for the house, 1762, partly executed with alterations

Aspect

Plan of the cellars, showing rooms for wine, ale, and beer, accessible by an oval staircase, and lit by four dug-out windows

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Plan of the Cellars of Witham House / for William Beckford Esqr (of Witham House / for William Beckford Esqr in the hand of William Adam) / Ale Cellar / Wine Cellar / Wine Cellar / Bottled Wines / Small Beer cellar / Strong Beer Cellar / Passage to bring the Beer from Brew House in Cellar / and Casks of Wine from Corridor &c. and measurements given

Signed and dated

Robt Adam Archit 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (596 x 478)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with addition to inscription in the hand of William Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 134
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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