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Designs for dog kennels, unexecuted, November 1778 (2)

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As with the drawings for the house (Adam volumes 41/35, 41/36, 41/37) the title inscriptions are written in the hand of William Adam (1738-1822), and the family name of Tower spelt incorrectly as Towers. The fact that each contains an underscore, rather than the first name of Mr Tower suggests that at the time the volumes of Adam drawings were compiled there was some confusion as to whether Thomas Tower or Christopher Tower had commissioned the drawings. There is evidence that Thomas Tower had approached Adam shortly before his death (see scheme notes), and that the work was then continued by Christopher Tower.

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