The bookshop was turned over to one of Millar's three apprentices, Thomas Cadell, in 1764. During his retirement Millar rebuilt his house at 34 Pall Mall to designs by Robert Adam. The house was built in accordance with the extant drawings. Millar moved into the house in December 1766, remaining there until his death in 1768. As none of his three children had survived infancy, on his death Millar's house and £60,000 fortune were inherited by his wife Jane Johnson (1710-88), the daughter of a Westminster printseller, whom he had married in 1730. Jane went on to marry Sir Archibald Grant in 1770.
According to the Survey of London, during the 1820s 34 Pall Mall was occupied by John Gibson Lockhart, the son-in-law of Sir Walter Scott, and in the 1830s by John Macdonald, the Adjutant General of Horse Guards. The house was demolished at an unknown date.
See also: The Admiralty Screen, Whitehall; Westminster Abbey, London: Monument to James Thomson
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 43, 80; Survey of London, Volume 29, 1960, pp. 325-26; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, p. 264
Frances Sands, 2012
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).
Contents of Pall Mall, number 34 (later 25), London: executed designs for the house, for Andrew Millar, 1765-66 (11)
- Finished drawings for the house, 1765-66, executed with minor alterations (7)
- Finished drawing for a ceiling for the front drawing room, 1766 (1)
- Finished drawing for a chimneypiece, possibly for the front drawing room, 1766 (1)
- Finished drawing for a ceiling for the back drawing room, 1766 (1)
- Design for a chimneypiece, possibly for the back drawing room, 1766 (1)