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SM Adam volume 30/62


[3] Finished drawings for the building, c1772, unexecuted


Plan showing a rectangular building, basilican in form, with an apsidal end, screened by two column, and with three recesses down each side which contain booths of tables and benches, and each screened by two columns, and with a circular recess in each corner, two of which contain tables and benches, one of which is empty, and the final one contains a spiral staircase, giving access to four water closets in the in-filled space between the staircase and the edge of the apsidal end. There is a chimneypiece at each end of the building, one of which is within the apse, and the entrance is on one of the long sides, behind a bow portico


bar scale of 3 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of Loyds Coffee House (in pencil) / Plan of Loyds Coffee House (in pen in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given in pencil) (verso) 4 / This to be placed thirteenth (in red pen) / 3 Plans of Internal decoration with 1 Ground Plan

Signed and dated

  • c1772
    datable to c1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and yellow wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (913 x 639)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


D&CBLAUW IV and XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
The Lloyds Log, 1955, p. 10
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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