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SM Adam volume 19/156


[28] Design for Briesley (or Brizlee) Tower, 1777, as executed


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


bar scale of 2 ¼ inches to 10 feet


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)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam




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



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