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SM Adam volume 31/9


[5] Design for the first storey of the south building, 1787, unexecuted


Plan of the first storey of an L-shaped building. The principal wing is twelve-by-three bays and contains a central rotunda for a double-height hall, which is set behind a portico containing apses. The hall forms a rear bow front and it is flanked by apsidal-ended staircases. The staircase to the left is flanked by sitting rooms and connects to a central passage. The passage is surrounded by bedrooms and sitting rooms. The left-hand front of the principal wing has a central apsidal window, set behind a columnar screen. The right-hand staircase is flanked by a buffet and the small combination room. Beyond this a large rectangular space forms the great combination room. The minor seven-by-one-bay wing is separated from the principal wing. The wing is accessed via staircases and contains a breakfast room, dining room, drawing room, dressing room and bedroom


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the one pair story / of Kings College Cambridge (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Sitting room / Closet / Sitting room / Bed room / Bed room / Sitting room / Passage / Passage / Staircase / Closet / Sitting room / Sitting room / Bed room / Bed room / Sitting room / Hall continued / Loggia / Buffet room / Glasses etc. / Staircase / Small Combination room / Great Combination room / Staircase / Anti Chamber or Breakfast room (crossed through) Bed Room (pencil) / Dining room (crossed through) Sitting(?) Room (pencil) / Drawing room / Staircase / Water Closet / Dressing (crossed through) Bed (pencil) room / Bed Chamber / A / B / No. 13- (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1787
    Robt Adam Arch.t 1787.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a double ruled border on laid paper (602 x 456)


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


9 (cropped) / 9




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 173-79; Index, p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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