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SM Adam volume 33/74


[12] Preliminary design for a castellated house, 1794


Elevation of the principal front of a crenellated, seven-bay house, of two storeys set over a half-sunk basement, and turrets at each end and to either side of the central bay, and with external stairs leading up to a one-storey, one-bay entrance loggia, surmounted by a window within a double relieving arch


1/8 inch to 1 foot


Mr Stevenson (in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil) Part in the centre / Circular Windows A in the [ _ _ _ _ _ ] / all below this is to [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] and some dimensions given (in pen and pencil) (verso) No 2

Signed and dated

  • 1794
    Albermarle Street / 26 July 1794

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (465 x 285)


James Adam, with additions to title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


cartouche surmounted by fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 166
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