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image SM Adam volume 46/59

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SM Adam volume 46/59


[21] Deign of the cellar storey of the house, 1789


Plan of the ground (cellar) storey of a three- by three-bay building, divided into two dwellings, with the central bay slightly recessed on the principal (south) front, and the central bay slightly projecting and containing a tripartite window on the garden (north) front, with sunk windows on the east side elevation, and an area with steps on the west side, with an area wall containing a doorway on each side, and showing the outline of neighbouring buildings to the rear, and with the service rooms of one dwelling in the western bays, and a separate dwelling in the eastern bay


to a scale


Part of the Buildings of St James’s Square (underwritten in pencil) / Plan of the Ground Story / Wall of the Garden next the Building (in pencil) / Street to St James’s Square (in pencil) / Beer Cellar (underwritten in pencil) / Wine in Bottles (underwritten in pencil) / Man servts room (underwritten in pencil) / Back entry (underwritten in pencil) / Press / Press / Press / House keeper (underwritten in pencil) / Kitchen (underwritten in pencil) / Staircase / Kitchen (underwritten in pencil) / Wine Cellar (underwritten in pencil) / Serts room (underwritten in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1789
    datable to 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (244 x 263)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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