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SM Adam volume 1/63


[1] Preliminary design for a house, 1786-90, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (west) front of a castle-style house, with a two-storey, seven-bay central block, with the central three bays arcaded on the ground storey and slightly projecting, surmounted by a tripartite window in the upper register, and supporting a crenellated parapet ornamented with cross windows, supporting a single-bay crenellated tower and conical clock tower; and the central three bays are flanked by recessed bays containing arched windows within relieving arches, and surmounted by triple slit windows; and the end bays of the central block are composed of project square towers, with slit windows on the ground storey, arched slit windows with hood mouldings on the first storey, a parapet ornamented with a cross window, and a small conical tower. The central block is flanked by single-storey, single-bay crenellated links with arched doors; and beyond are two-storey, five-bay pavilions, with thee central bays forming a bow surmounted by a single-storey conical tower, and the pavilions have recessed end bays containing slit windows on the ground storey, and cross windows above


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1786-89
    datable to 1786-90

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (477 x 241)


Robert Adam




King, 2001, Volume II, p. 165
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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