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SM Adam volume 36/38


[1] Design for the basement storey of a house, 1783, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of a five-by-five-bay building, with the first and fifth bays of the west and east front slightly projecting. The central bay of the west front is bowed, and there is a stepped entrance in the third and fourth bays of the north front. This provides access to a central passage running north to south, which contains a staircase. Leading off from the passage there are a number of vaulted and barrel-vaulted domestic offices, kitchen offices and cellars


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Ground Story of a Town house for The Earl of Findlater (in the hand of William Adam) / Housekeepers room / Wine in bottles / Water Closet / Closet / Bedroom / Store room / Beer Cellar / Wine in bottles / Wine in Casks / Passage / Valets room / Passage / Passage / Butlers Pantry / Kitchen / Scullery / Dry Larder / Wet Larder / Servants Hall / Stewards room / (all underwritten in pencil) 25 (red ink) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • September 1783
    12.t Sep.r 1783.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (592 x 475)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


no 3 / no 6 (crossed through) / no 3


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 103-4, Index, p. 45
Rowan, 1985, p. 138
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 57, 102-6, 130
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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