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SM Adam volume 21/29


[27] Alternative preliminary designs for Briesley (or Brizlee) Tower, 1777, unexecuted


Ground plan, two alternative elevations of the principal front, and a detail of a viewing tower; containing a central spiral staircase; and with a projecting ground storey. The left-hand elevation shows a neo-classical scheme, with doors and windows on the ground storey surmounted by oculus windows, and set within relieving arches; the ground storey is surmounted by a first-storey viewing platform, above which is a three-storey circular tower; containing slit windows, and with the bays articulated by three-storey relieving arches; and at the top of this tower is another viewing platform, and a narrower single-storey tower. The right-hand elevation shows a Gothic scheme, with three-bay screens of lobed arches alternating with single projecting bays containing ogee niches on the ground storey; and the ground storey is surmounted by a balustraded first-storey viewing platform, and a three-storey octagonal tower with arched windows; and this tower is surmounted by another balustraded viewing platform, and a narrower single-storey octagonal tower. There is a detail in the bottom right-hand corner showing one of the lobed arches of the ground-storey screens in the Gothic scheme


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (270 x 197)


Robert Adam


Rowan, 2001, p. 49
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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