Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [1] Design for the basement storey of a house, 1777, possibly executed
  • image SM Adam volume 31/117

Reference number

SM Adam volume 31/117


[1] Design for the basement storey of a house, 1777, possibly executed


Plan of the basement storey of a five-bay house, with proposed additions. At the front of the house there is a strong room and a connecting plate room which are accessed via a staircase connecting to the book-keepers room and shop above (Adam volume 31/118). The additions to the side and rear of the building contain domestic offices, which are accessed separately via a passage and an additional staircase


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Plan of the Ground Storey- / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of a house for Messrs Drummonds Charing Cross / Passage / Strong room / Plate room / Staircase / Staircase / Housekeepers Store room / Servants Hall / Pantry / Butlers room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1777
    Adelphi Janry 31.st 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (444 x 532)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam






Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
Sands, 2016, p. 25
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

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).