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SM Adam volume 42/81


[9] Finished drawing for the basement storey of a house and for the ground storey of kitchen offices, c1784, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of a five-by-five-bay house, with one-by-three-bay wings to the east and west. There is a central passageway flanked by domestic offices, and there is a vaulted kitchen and strong room, and with a barrel vaulted room containing wine bins. There is a staircase centre west, with an additional staircase in the eastern wing. The building is surrounded by a walled area, in which some parts are covered. To the west there is an extensive colonnaded kitchen courtyard, with a central pump and basin, and this is surrounded by further kitchen and domestic offices. This includes a circular dairy and a circular dressing room, which leads to hot and cold baths


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of Doctor Turtons House at Brasted in Kent (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / No. 22. / Back Staircase / Servants Hall / Strong room / Cooks Pantry / Kitchen / Larder / Lobby from Area Stairs / Passage / Staircase / Lobby from Offices / Butlers Pantry / Butlers room / Bed / Plate Closet / Wine in Bottles / Housekeepers room / Bed / Small Beer Cellar / Coals (pencil) / Area / Area / Area / Area / Kitchen Court / Basin / Pump / Cover'd Passage / Wet Larder / Staircase / Back Kitchen / Pastry / Closet / Coals / Cover'd Passage / Scullary to dairy / Dairy / Staircase / Closet / Gateway / Staircase / Warm Bath / Dress.g room / Cold Bath / Wood / Coals / Cover'd Passage / Ale Cellar / Wine in Casks / Passage / Staircase / Privy / Boots Knives etc / Cover'd Passage / No. 22 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and cerulean blue wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (592 x 362)


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


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Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 106, 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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