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SM Adam volume 45/14


[1] Design for the basement storey of a house, c1762, unexecuted


Plan of the basement story of a five-by-three-bay building, with a bow front to the south. The building has a central passage accessed via an external passage and steps to the east. The internal passage contains a staircase and links to rooms in the north and south sections of the building. To the north there is a butler’s room and pantry, and a beer cellar, with a space for the storage of empty bottles, positioned under the external staircase in the north front. To the south there is a central vaulted cellar containing wine bins, and a vaulted strong room. The steward’s room has a bow window, and this is flanked by the servants’ hall and housekeeper’s room


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Ground Story of a house for John Jones Esq.r at Charlton (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Place for Empty Bottles &c. &c. &c. - / Beer Cellar / Butlers Pantry / Butlers Room / Servants Hall / Cellar for Bottles Wine / strong room for Plate & Paper / Stewards Room / Housekeeper room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (530 x 372)


Office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 124
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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