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  • image SM Adam volume 39/20

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SM Adam volume 39/20


[35] Design for a folly, 1783, unexecuted


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


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


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

  • 21/11/1783
    Adelphi 21 November / 1783

Medium and dimensions

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


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or Robert Morison


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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