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Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/5


[6] Finished drawing for the plan of the house, 1767-68, executed with alterations


Ground plan of a seven-bay central block with a court behind, flanked by one-bay links with tripartite windows, and five-bay pavilions, one containing an elliptical library with a cold bath beyond, and the other containing service quarters extending back into a service courts enclosed by a garden wall, and with two fliers showing alternative arrangements of rooms


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Ground Story of Kenwood the Seat of the Right Honorable Lord Mansfield / Garden / Garden / Garden / Drying Yeard / Larder / Larder / Laundry / Wash house / Back Court / Coal Yeard / Necessy / Necessy / Passage / Court / Bake House / Green House / Powdering room / Servants Hall / Kitchen / Principal Court / Butlers Pantry / Passage / Back Stair / Housekeepers Room / Passage / Area / China Closet / House keepers Room / My Ladys room / Great Hall / Parlor / Drawing room / Back Stair / Breakfast room / Great Stair / Necessy / My Lord's Dressg room / Anti Chamber / Library / Cold Bath (and on the first folding flap) Coal Yeard / Laundry / Back Court / Wash house / Passage / Powdering room / Servants Hall / Bake House & Scullery / Kitchen (and on the second folding flap) Back Stair / Breakfast room / Necessy / Great Stairs / My Lord's Dressg room / Anti Chamber / Library and dimensions given (verso) 5 / Lord Mansfield / 5 / Lord Mansfield / Number 1 / Lord Mansfield (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (955 x 367)


Adam office hand, with inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam


IHS IVILLEDARY and LVG surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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