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SM Adam volume 31/17


[3] Design for the basement storey of the south building, c1784, unexecuted


Plan of the basement-storey of an L-shaped building. The principal block contains a central, circular space to the rear, which is divided into semi-circular spaces and a circular room for the storage of coal. The circular space links to a staircase set within an apsidal compartment and there are vaulted cellars and a scullery. The scullery and staircase link to further vaulted rooms to the right, including kitchen offices and a servants hall. To the rear of the kitchen there is a court with a privy. The right-hand wing of the building contains a vertical passage which links to further vaulted domestic offices and an additional kitchen. The scullery and wash house contain coppers and there is a further staircase, with a water closet behind. To the rear of the building there are additional yards for the Provost's lodge, hall and scholars rooms


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Ground Story / Kings College Cambridge (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Back yard for the Scholars / Back Garden to the Hall / coals / coals / [_ _ _ _] / coals for Kitchen / Scullery / Staircase / Beer Cellar / Passage / Wine Cellar / Back yard to the Provosts Lodge / Kitchen Court to the Hall / Kitchen / Larder / Pantry / Servants Hall / Cellar / Wash house & Laundry / Pantry / Larder / Small Beer Cellar / Passage / Water Closet / Scullery / Kitchen and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (585 x 494)


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


8 (crossed through) / 7 / (and in the hand of William Adam, brown ink) This to be placed second


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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