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image SM Adam volume 43/40

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SM Adam volume 43/40


[7] Design and view for a boathouse, 1775, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a boathouse, with one mooring, flanked by turrets. The elevation shows a semicircular-headed-arched opening to the mooring, surmounted by balustrading, and with a narrow, two-storey pepper-pot turret on one side, and two larger towers on the other side


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot (8) not to scale


Plan and Elevation of a Boat House for the Earl of Exeter at Burleigh / Level of Water / Door 4.0 and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 1775
    Adelphi / 15t May 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (496 x 628)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
Richardson, 1992, p. 88
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 243
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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