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SM Adam volume 42/57


[1] Finished drawings for a house, ND, unexecuted


Above – Elevation of a three-and-a-half storey, five-bay building with a hipped roof. The rusticated ground storey level has a stepped entrance in the second bay, with three-quarter-height windows in the remaining bays. At the first-storey level there is a string course and full-height windows, with the central window pedimented. At the second-storey level there are three-quarter-height windows, and in the upper register there is a band of dentils and balustraded half-height windows Bottom left- Plan of the basement storey of a five-bay building, with a passage on the left-hand side which links to domestic offices and leads to a staircase and a central passage. The central passage links to a cellar, housekeeper’s room and kitchen Centre left- Plan of the ground storey of a five-bay building with an entrance in the second bay. The entrance leads to a dog-legged staircase, with an additional staircase beyond. To the right of the entrance there is a rectangular, three-bay parlour. To the rear of the building there is a study, and a library with an apsidal end set behind a columnar screen Bottom right- Plan of the first storey of a five-bay house, with a dog-legged staircase and a three-bay dining room at the front of the building. To the rear of the building there is a further staircase and lobby, a bedchamber with a columnar screen, and a dressing room Centre right- Plan of the second storey level of a five-bay building, with a small central passageway linking to a staircase. The passageway links to four bedchambers each within internal closets


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of a House proposed to be Built in / Bloomsbury Square by Wilbraham Bootle Esq.r / Extends. 51. f.t 4 In / Plan of the Sunk Story / Butlers room / Scullery / Kitchen / Cellar / Strong Box / Passage / Presses for Linnen / Servants Hall / Cellar / Housekeepers Room / Plan of the Ground Story / Parlour / Study / Library / Plan of 1 Pair of Stairs Story / Dining Room / Lobby / Bed Cham.r / Dressing Room / Plan of Attick Story / Bedchamb.r / Closet / Closet / Bed Cham.r / Bedchamber / Closet / Bed Chamb.r and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (546 x 556)


Office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 35
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 129
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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