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  • image SM Adam volume 42/42

Reference number

SM Adam volume 42/42


[1] Design for the ground floor of a house, 1782, executed to a variant design


Recto: Ground plan showing a large house arranged around a central staircase with a circular room to the rear. Rooms include a kitchen, gentleman’s dressing room, butler’s room and servant’s bedroom. There are two flanking pavilions which are connected to the house by links. Rooms include a hen house, milk house, larder and spaces for coals, ashes and wood Verso: Alternative ground floor plan showing the rooms divided into smaller spaces with semi-circular connecting wings


bar scale of 1 1/8 inch to 10 feet


Ground Story of a House for James Carrison Esqr at Jeriston / Privy / Court / Hen-house / Milk House / Chease / Gentlemans / Water Closet / Ladys / Water Closet / Servants Bed Room / Butlers Room / Gentlemans / Dressing Room / Wine in bottles / Hall & Staircase / Kitchen/ Passage / Passage / Kitchen / Privy / Ashes / Larder / Coals / Wood and some room dimensions. (Verso) 10 / 3 / Ashes / Coals / Yard / Yard / Milk

Signed and dated

  • 12/02/1782
    Adelphi / 12th Feby 1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (531x364)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison


J Whatman


Bolton, 1922, p. 18
Further literary references in scheme notes



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