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  • image SM Adam volume 45/15

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SM Adam volume 45/15


[2] Design for the ground storey of a house, c1762, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-three-bay building with an entrance to the north and a bow front to the south. The central, stepped entrance is set behind a columnar screen, and links to a central hall. To the west of the hall there is a staircase, and to the east there is a study and additional staircase. To the south there is a central dining room with a bow window set behind a balustrade, and the dining room is flanked by a breakfast room and drawing room. To the east of the building there is an external covered passage


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of a House for John Jones Esq.r at Charlton (underwritten in pencil) / Hall- / Study- / Breakfast Room / Dining Room / Drawing Room / N (?) (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (443 x 350)


Office hand


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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