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SM Adam volume 35/107


[6] Design for the ground storey of a house, 1788, executed with minor alterations


Plan of the ground storey of a three-by-four-bay house. The north entrance has a colonnaded porte cochère, with a central, stepped entrance and carriage ways flanked by railings to the east and west. This leads into a hall, with a dog-legged staircase to the south and an additional staircase to the east. To the rear there is a breakfast room/ante-room which forms the central three-bay bow front in the five-bay rear façade, beyond this there is a platform with steps leading down


bar scale of 1 1/8 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of a new Design for The Rev.d Mr. Rose at Beckenham / Dining room / Breakfast or Anti room / Library / Principal Stair / Back Stairs / Water Closet / Powdering room / Hall / Study and some dimensions given / (and in pencil) The Stairs [_ _ _ _] [_ _ _] in from 2nd(?) door of the dining room / 2. (faint pencil inscription) / 3. [_ _ _ _ _ _] 3 doors into [_ _] [_ _ _ _ _ _] room [_] [_ _ _] not a Venetian window and a faint pencil inscription / 4. The Library [_ _ _] Venetian windows

Signed and dated

  • 1788
    Robt Adam Archit. 1788.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown ink and pencil within a single ruled border (cropped) on laid paper (422 x 262)


Robert 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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