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SM Adam volume 10/135


[34] Alternative preliminary designs for a folly, c1783, unexecuted


Rough elevations of three alternate follies. The top design has a large arch flanked by two-storey circular towers surmounted by square towers; beyond which is a three-storey, three-bay crenellated square tower; then a three-bay crenellated link containing arches; then a four-storey, circular tower with an arched door, surmounted by slit windows, and with a monopteral colonnade around the upper register, which is surmounted by a conical roof; then a four-bay, two-storey link, with arches on the ground and first storeys, and the bays articulated by buttresses; and the structure is terminated with a three-storey circular tower with a conical roof surmounted by a small dome. The lower left-hand design has a two-storey central carriage arch; flanked by single-bay circular towers with arched windows, surmounted by square towers with slit windows, and surmounted by a single-storey, crenellated square tower, with a slit window within a relieving arch, and surmounted by a small pepper pot turret; this central block is flanked by single-storey, three-bay crenellated arcades, terminating in two-storey, tapering circular towers with arched windows, which have bows to each side on the ground storey, and each is surmounted by a weather vane. The lower right-hand design has a central carriage arch, surmounted by an upper register containing three arched windows, and flanked by two-storey circular towers with slit and cross windows; and this central block is flanked by single-storey arcaded links, one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay circular towers, and a further single-storey arcaded link on the left-hand side


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1783
    datable to c1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on sugar paper (382 x 245)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume 2, p. 243
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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