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SM Adam volume 32/107


[1] Design for a house, c1790, unexecuted


Plan of the ground (subterranean) storey of a three-bay terraced house, with a central entrance, and an oval wine cellar at the centre, and a three-bay bow at the rear, and with subterranean vaults at the front, and larders at the rear, and containing service rooms


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Lord Barrymores House Piccadilly (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) Plan of the Ground Story / Larder / Larder / Scullery / Kitchen / Pantry / Stairs / Butlers Room / Passage / Wine Cellar / Housekeepers Room / Servants Hall / Area / Vault / Vault / Vault and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1790
    datable to c1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (267 x 480)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 32
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 130
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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