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  • image SM Adam volume 32/103

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/103


[4] Finished drawing for the second (bedchamber) storey, c1771, as executed


Plan of the second storey of a five-bay house with an irregular exterior wall to the east and with rooms facing to the south, west and north. A staircase is shown in the centre, and there is an additional closet wing to the north-east containing a further room and adjoining staircase


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


The Plan of 2 Pair Stairs floor Apsley house Hyde park conner (sic) for the Lord Chancellor

Signed and dated

  • c1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (318 x 402)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or William Hamilton


LVG surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Adam volume 32/101 - 32/103 are not dated, but Lea highlights the probability they were completed after July 1771, when the plot was extended to the north and west following additional land leases made to Lord Apsley on the 13th July 1771. The plans show how the line of the south wall remains skew, and Lea suggests that this is perhaps due to the line of the park wall.

Lea notes that much of the second storey survives unaltered, enough to surmise that it was executed as designed.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 43
Lea, 2005, p. 8
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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