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image SM Adam volume 39/20

Reference number

SM Adam volume 39/20

Purpose

[35] Design for a folly, 1783, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan and elevation of a folly; with a central block composed of four circular towers with slit windows, between which is a carriage arch; and this is surmounted by a single-storey, crenellated square tower, with an arched window within a relieving arch; and surmounted by a small pepper pot turret. The central block is flanked by a one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay crenellated, arcaded link wall, beyond which are two-storey, single-bay circular towers, with arched windows and weather vanes; beyond which are single-storey, five-bay link walls with slit windows; and beyond are tripartite gates flanked by single-bay circular towers, with an arch in each bay, and the central arch flanked by canted buttresses, and surmounted by a crenellated attic containing three arched windows

Scale

bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

Elevation of a Building proposed to be erected upon the top of a Rock near Alnwick Castle, One of the Seats / of His Grace the Duke of Northumberland / Plan of the Building and some measurements given

Signed and dated

Adelphi 21 November / 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (605 x 423)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Robert Morison

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
King, 2001, Volume 2, p. 243
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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