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image SM Adam volume 40/36

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SM Adam volume 40/36


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


Plan of the third floor of a circular tower with an inner cella wall pierced with four tripartite windows, a door, and with two niches and a chimneypiece, and with an outer curtain of balustrading, with four corner towers, one of which contains a spiral staircase


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Plan of Tower for Kiddleston Lord Scarsdale / 44 (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

date range: 1759-60

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (599 x 526)


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


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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