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SM Adam volume 42/18


[1] Design for the ground storey of a school and almshouses, 1780, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a nine-bay building with a central portico entrance leading to a square hall, with a kitchen containing a staircase to the rear. The hall is flanked by passages which are accesses from the right- and left-hand sides of the building, and these link to a series of rooms with fireplaces. Both passages contain a staircase. Each room and the kitchen has its own yard to the rear, all of which contain a privy


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of a New Design for a School & six Alms Houses to be built at Humberston / in Lincolnshire / School / Yard / Yard / Yard / Kitchen / Yard / Yard / Yard / Yard and some dimensions and figures given

Signed and dated

  • May 1780
    Adelphi / 10.t May 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (518 x 360)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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