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SM Adam volume 42/90


[1] Design for the ground storey of a house, 1784, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a seven-by-five-bay building. The north front has a central curved balcony, flanked by pilasters. The south front has a central entrance, set behind a stepped colonnaded screen. The east and west fronts have central three-bay wings, with a tripartite window articulated by columns. To the centre there is a curved principal staircase, with an additional staircase within the east wing. A colonnaded screen leads from the staircase to the garden vestibule, and the wings contain water closets


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Principal Story of a house for Doctor Turton at Brasted Place Kent (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Extends 80 feet / Dining room / Breakfast room / Study / Dressg room / Powdg room / Water Closet / Anteroom / Great Staircase / Back Stairs / Vestibule / Drawing room / Garden Vestibule / Bed room / Dressg room / Powdg room / Water Closet / No. 1 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1784
    August 5.t 1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (467 x 294)


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


Doctor Turton at Brasted 3d Design / (and in the hand of William Adam, brown ink) Number 19 / 5 (crossed through) / 4 / 19 (pencil)


banded cartouche surmounted by a fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
Rowan, 1985, p. 38
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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