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SM Adam volume 35/106


[5] Design for the basement storey of a house, c1788, executed with minor alterations


Plan of the basement storey of a three-by-four-bay house containing cellars and domestic offices. To the north an ale and beer cellar extends out beneath the porte cochère above. To the south, the housekeepers room forms the central three-bay bow front. To the north-east there is a staircase leading to the ground storey, a circular, niched room containing a dairy, a larder and pantry. To the east of the kitchens, there is a proposed courtyard, containing wood and coal sheds, the scullery and knife room


bar scale of 1 1/8 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) for the Rev Mr Rose at Beckenham / Shed for Coals / Scullery / Knives / Shed for wood / Kitchen / Housekeepers room / Wash house & Laundry / Wine [_ _ _ _ _ _] / Butlers Pantry / Larder / Dairy / Pantry / Wine in Casks / Servant Hall / Ale & Beer Cellar and some dimensions given / (and in pencil) 1. If the servants [_ _] are to come into the house at +, it will be very in[_ _ _ _] / 2. The housekeepers rooms is too distant(?) as the story(?) [_ _ _ _] [_ _ _ _] [_ _ _ _ _] shew / 3. [_ _ _] [_ _ _ _] hall [_ _] [_ _ _ _ _] be [_ _ _ _ _ _] in joining to it. / 4. [_ _ _ _ _ _] [_ _ _ _ _ _ _] house [_ _ _ _]

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border (cropped) on laid paper (419 x 247)


Robert Adam, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 3
Rowan, 1985, p. 66
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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