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SM Adam volume 37/104


[10] Design for the ground storey of a house and domestic offices, 1785, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey level of a three-by-three-bay addition to a house, with a porte cochère for the central bay of the principal front, and a stepped entrance flanked by turrets. This leads to a hall with a niche, and there is a staircase beyond. The hall is flanked by a rectangular drawing room and dining room, and both contain tripartite and bow windows. This block links to an irregularly shaped building which contains kitchen offices, with a separate stepped entrance to the left and a kitchen with a canted bay window to the rear. There are plans for alterations to the existing building, forming an apsidal space with a columnar screen, possibly a library


bar scale of 1 3/8 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of Saint Hill House & additional Building with the bow Windows / (and in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) for Gibbs Crawford Esqr / Kitchen / Larder / Pantry / Servants Hall / Lobby / Mr Crawfords room / Drawing room / Staircase / Hall / Dining room / 104 (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • December 1785
    Adelphi / 15.t Dec.r 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (496 x 491)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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