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SM Adam volume 30/133


[1] Finished drawing for the kitchen offices, 1764


Plan of a kitchen court, with the house on one side, a perimeter wall along the front, a connecting link corridor along the rear side containing various store rooms, and on the far side from the house are two separate long thin pavilions, and with pencil annotations showing the two pavilions joined together as a single five-bay building


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of the New Designed Offices for the Grange the Seat of the / Right Honble Lord Chancellor Henley (the Seat of the / Right Honble Lord Chancellor Henley in the hand of William Adam) / Pantry or Larder / and a feint pencil inscription / Coals (in pencil) / Place for Fowls / Wood (in pencil) / Wood (in pencil) / Necessary / Necessary / Passage / Court / Wash House (in pencil) / Bake House / Staircase / Room for Pab[ _ _ ] (in pencil) / Brew house / Wash House (in pencil) / Wood house / Well house / Coal house and measurements given (verso) 4

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    Robt Adam Architect 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (486 x 355)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Geddes, 1986, p. 206
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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