Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [1] Design for the basement storey, c1786, unexecuted


  • image SM Adam volume 35/60

Reference number

SM Adam volume 35/60


[1] Design for the basement storey, c1786, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of a five-by-four-bay building. To the north, a coal vault extends beyond the principal front. To the south there is a vaulted space for wine, with a curved south wall, and in the centre there is a further space for wine bins and an oval staircase. To the east and west are domestic offices, with a vaulted space to the east containing a sunken cold bath, with a separate side room for a hot bath


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story (affixed) / Housekeepers room / Wine in Casks / Servants Hall / Store room / Closet / Cold Bath / Hot Bath / Wine binns / Area / Butlers Bedroom / Porters Bedroom / Porters room / Shoes & Boots / Sub Hall / Butlers Pantry / Plate / Plate / Coal Vault and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (290 x 303)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
Rowan, 1985, p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 109, 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).