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SM Adam volume 35/80


[1] Survey plan of the ground floor, 1757


Annotated ground floor plan with later pencil annotations for ceiling ornamentation


bar scale of 1/11 inch to 1 foot


Plan of first floor for the Honble Edwd Boscawen Esqr / A is Vestibule to be only 13 feet high _ B is Dressing Room to be only 13 feet high _ C is Lesser Dining Parlour to be 18 feet when finished _ / D is Large Dining Parlour _ E is Drawing Room _ F is Alcove Bedroom to be the same height of Dining Parlour _ G is Servants Room / to be only 9 feet high & to have Metzonine over the same _ H H are passages the paving to be Level with floor of Parlours _ J is Beststaircase _ / K is Closet for Butler _ L is Room for Housekeeper _ M is Backstaircase under which are to be Steps down to Cellars _ N is Larder _ / O is Servants Hall _ P is Kitchen NB the top of paving of Kitchen & Servants Hall & Larder is proposed to be two feet six Inches below top of floor of Parlours / and the height of the said Rooms not to be less than 14 feet 6 Inches _ Q is Coverd passage for a Communication to Kitchen _ R are Steps to ascend / from floor (Level with Kitchen) to floor Level with parlours_ NB at letter S may be door & Steps under best Stairs to Convey Liquor to Cellars / A / B / C / D / E / F / G / H / H / J / K / L / N / O / P / Q / R / S / South / West Front Extends above plinth 70 ft 1 Inch and room dimensions given (in pen and red pen in the hand of Stiff Leadbetter) Done / Cieling done / chimney delivered / Done / Chimney done / Done / B / not done / Done before / A / not done / Cieling Wanting / Height (in pencil in the hand of Robert Adam) (verso) No 1 / Admiral Boscawen / Drawing room & plan of house / 5 Pieces (in pen in a later office hand)

Signed and dated

  • 6 March 1757
    March ye 6th 1757

Medium and dimensions

Pen, red pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (484 x 368)


Stiff Leadbetter with pencil annotations by Robert Adam


IHS surmounted by a cross / IVILLEDARY


Bolton, 1922, Volume I, p. 137, Volume II, Index p. 17
Worsley, 2009, p. 71
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 17 February - 9 May 2015

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