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SM Adam volume 40/32


[22] Finished drawing for a viewing tower, 1759-60, unexecuted


Elevation of a four-storey, domed, circular tower, with domed corner turrets, a rusticated ground floor with a semicircular-headed entrance, a balustraded balcony and aedicular windows and doors on the first floor, and giant Corinthian columns which run through the first and second floors, and the third floor has a balustraded viewing platform supported by the giant Corinthian columns, and with a Venetian window within a relieving arch, and rectangular recesses


to a scale


Tower for Kiddleston / for Lord Scarsdale

Signed and dated

  • 1759-1760
    date range: 1759-60

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (386 x 526)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or Laurent-Benoît Dewez, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


V and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and JVILLEDARY


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 88
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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