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image SM Adam volume 19/156

Reference number

SM Adam volume 19/156

Purpose

[28] Design for Briesley Tower, 1777, as executed

Aspect

Ground plan and elevation of the principal front of a Gothic viewing tower; containing a central spiral staircase; and with a projecting ground storey, with a three-bay screens of fluted columns supporting ogee arches, alternating with single bays articulated by fluting and banded engaged columns, and containing ogee niches. The projecting ground storey is surmounted by a balustrade of fluting and enclosed rosettes, forming a first-storey viewing platform; above which is a three-storey octagonal tower with arched windows. This tower is surmounted by a balustrade of enclosed rosettes, forming a fourth-storey viewing platform, above which is a smaller, single-storey tower, surmounted by a large gadrooned vessel

Scale

bar scale of 2 ¼ inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Design of a Tower for Briesley / (and in pencil) 1 pair / 2 pair / 3 pair / 4 pair / 5t pair and some measurements given in pencil and various elements are inscribed with pencil letters

Signed and dated

1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (407 x 618)

Hand

Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam

Watermark

PVL

Literature

Fleming, 1958, p. 79
Beard, 1978, p. 51
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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