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SM Adam volume 42/72


[22] Design for the basement storey of a house and kitchen offices, c1784, as executed


Plan of the basement storey of a five-by-three-bay building, with a central lobby connecting to a passage (east) and stairs (west), and this is flanked by domestic offices, with a barrel-vaulted room containing wine bins to the south. To the west of the principal building, a covered colonnaded passage and a two-bay link building lead to the kitchen offices, which is within a three-bay block. Beyond this, there is a colonnaded courtyard for the storage of wood and coal. There are preliminary designs for alterations to the courtyard, extending to the north, south and west, and for a central basin (pencil). Banks with trees are also shown (pencil)


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of a house for Doctor Turton / Servants Hall / wine in Bottles / Bedroom / Housekeeper's room / Passage / Lobby / Staircase / Bed / Butlers room / Butlers Pantry / Plate room / Strong Closet / Area / Knives etc / Scullary / Cover'd passage / Kitchen / Passage / Staircase / Larder / Pantry / Wood / Privy / Court / Coals / ashes(?) / No. 32 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (411 x 305)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
Rowan, 1985, p. 38, pls. 8-10
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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