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image SM Adam volume 32/86

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/86

Purpose

[1] Survey drawing for the house and offices, c1784

Aspect

Plan of an irregular-shaped building, formed around a central courtyard. The principal structure to the south is a seven-bay, L-shaped building, with the central five-bays of the south front set back, and flanked by single-bay square turrets. To the east of this there is a further block, forming service rooms, with the proposed addition of a carriage way at X. To the rear, the courtyard is surrounded by stables and offices, which include a dairy and brew house

Scale

bar scale of 5/8 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

No / 1 Kitchen. / 2 Scullery to Kitchen. / 3 Scullery to Dairy. / 4. Dairy. / 5.5. Harness and Hay / 6 6 6. Stables. / 7 Gyle House / 8. Brew house / 9. Dutch Byre. / 10 Servants room / 11. 11. Coals / 12 Washes & Privies for servants. / 13 Coach Houses for 4 Carriages / 14 14 14 14 a Water Closet & 3 Privies for Gentleman / 15. Passage. / 16. Pantry. / 17. Women Servants room. / 18 Laundry. / 19. Cover’d Passage / 20. Bottle Court. / 21. Dressing room. / 22. Bed room. / 23. Bed room. / 24. Bed room. / 25. 26} Rooms. / 27. Closet. / 28. Staircases & Passage / 29. Poultry. / 30 Stable. Walls 10ft high / (rooms numbered according to key) / X / A / To be a Gate as in Elevation on another Plan / In Case a Carriage cannot be brought up to the Front Door, close enough in rain an opening might be left at X. large enough for a carriage instead of the Door that is now but then several conveniencies that might be in the Court within will be lost.

Signed and dated

c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (298 x 468)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Robert Morison

Verso

Alexander Boswell Esq. Blackadder House / (brown ink) inscription crossed through

Watermark

PORTAL

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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