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SM Adam volume 32/100


[1] Finished drawing for the basement storey, 1771, as executed


Plan of the basement storey of a five-bay house with an irregular exterior east wall and with a central staircase set within an oval compartment. There is an additional building shown in pink wash to the east of the house containing cellars. Extending beyond the front of the house there are subterranean stables and additional vaults


to a scale


Plan of the Ground Story of a House at Hyde Park Corner for the Lord Chancellor / Plan of the Ground Story of Apsley House for the Lord Chancellor at Hyde Park Corner (pencil) / Larder / Cover’d Passage / Scullery / Larder / Butlers Pantry / Passage / Kitchen / Cellar / House Keeper’s Room / Press / Press / Press / Wine Binns / Strong Room / Wine Cellar / Cellar / Stewards Room / Passage / Servants Hall / area / area / Passage / Passage / Stable / Passage / Stable and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    Rob.t Adam Archt. 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink on laid paper (469 x 644)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or William Hamilton




Adam volume 32/100 and 32/102 shows an additional three storey block of services rooms to the east of the main building, shown in pink, accessible via the servants’ hall. Lea speculates the possibility that this part of the site was covered by a separate leasehold and likely part of a separate phase of development.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 43
Harris, 2001(b), p.99
Lea, 2005, p. 6
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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