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SM Adam volume 31/118


[2] Design for the ground storey of a house, 1777, possibly executed


Plan of the ground storey of a five-bay house, with proposed additions. At the front of the house, across the central three bays, there is a shop with apsidal ends containing raised platforms set behind tellers’ counters, with one half of the apse partitioned. The shop connects to an oval room with niches and a book-keepers room with a further counter. Beyond this a staircase leads to the strong room below (Adam volume 31/117). Additions to the side and rear of the house, containing further rooms, are accessed via a separate front entrance. To the rear (in pencil) there is a stepped, balustraded area and a latrine


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Plan of the Parlour Story- / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of a House for Messrs Drummond Charing Cross / Hall / Closet / Tellers / Acomptants / Closet / Shop / Closet / Tellers / Acomptants / Staircase / Staircase / Book-keepers room / Closet / (and in pencil) Beds in [_ _ _ _ _] / no niches on the first(?) (faint pencil inscription) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1777
    Adelphi Janry 31.st 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow within a double ruled border on laid paper (444 x 533)


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. 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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