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SM Adam volume 35/65


[14] Design for the basement storey of a house, 1786, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of a five-by-three-bay building, with a central rectangular block, with semi-rotundas to the north and south. Beyond the north and south façades the basement level extends, forming coal, and ale and cider cellars. The principal block is formed with a central staircase, with a space for wine bins to the east. This central section is surrounded by rooms for the housekeeper, butler and servants. To the north, the semi-rotunda contains a sub-hall, a butler’s pantry with storage for plate, and a sunken cold bath. Within the southern semi-rotunda there is storage for wine in casks


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 at / Putney Heath for Sir Saml Hannay Bart / Ale and Cyder / Wine in Casks / Wine in Casks / Housekeepers room / Wine in Bottles / Area / Servants Hall / Store room / Passage / Butlers Bedroom / Cold Bath / Sub Hall / Butlers Pantry / plate / rooms / Coals / no. 6 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • October 1786
    Albemarle Street (obscured where affixed) / 25.t Oct.r 1786 (obscured where affixed)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and cerulean blue wash on laid paper (290 x 485)


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


No 4 / (inscription affixed) No (cropped) / Hill House Putney / Copy's of 2.d design


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 80-1, 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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