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  • image SM Adam volume 19/158

Reference number

SM Adam volume 19/158


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


Second- and third-storey plans and section as Adam volumes 19/156-157


bar scale of 2 ¼ inches to 10 feet


Section of the Tower for Briesley and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 18/11/1777
    18th Novr. 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (407 x 610)


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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