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SM Adam volume 31/10


[6] Design of the second storey of the south building, 1784, unexecuted


Plan of the second storey of an L-shaped building. The principal wing is thirteen-by-three bays and contains a central, circular rotunda set behind a portico. To the left of the rotunda there is an apsidal-ended staircase flanked by sitting rooms. The staircase links to a central passage, which is flanked by bedrooms and sitting rooms. There is an apsidal window in the centre of the left-hand front, with irregular-shaped bedrooms beyond. To the right-hand side of the rotunda there is an apsidal-ended staircase, flanked by strong rooms for the plate and the treasury. Beyond the staircase there is a large audit room. The minor seven-by-one-bay wing is separated from the principal wing and accessed via staircases linking to the lower levels. The wing contains bed chambers, dressing rooms and closets


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the two pair Story (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) of Kings College Cambridge / Sitting room / Bedroom / Bedroom / Sitting room / Sitting room / Passage / Sitting room / Bedroom / Bed room / Bedroom / Passage / Sitting room / Staircase / Sitting room / Dome of Hall / Treasury / Staircase / Plate room / Audit room / Staircase / Closet / Dressing (crossed through) Bed (pencil) room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dressing (crossed through) Bed (pencil) room / Staircase / Water Closet / Dressing room (crossed through) Bed Room (pencil) / Bed Chamber / A / B / No. 14 (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1784
    Robt Adam Archt. 1784.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a double ruled border on laid paper (599 x 459)


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


Kings College Cambridge / (and in the hand of William Adam, brown ink) This to be placed First / (11) Adam Plan Chest Drawer 2 (modern curatorial hand, pencil)


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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