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image Adam vol.38/76

Reference number

Adam vol.38/76

Purpose

Design for a Highland inn composed as a main block of three bays and two stories linked by three-bay wings to single-bay pavilions, one of which is a kitchen and the other a stable. Below are two plans for the first and second stories.

Aspect

Elevation, plans

Scale

scale: 10ft to 1inch

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Front of an Inn adapted to answer the Kings Roads in the Highlands of Scotland; and with annotations naming elements of the building. The drawing is dimensioned.verso inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Daniel Campbell of Shawfield Esq, and in a later hand 24 an Inn adapted for the Highland & Roads

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and pale yellow washes499 x 365

Hand

Office of John Adam

Watermark

IHS and Villandry

Notes

In the opinion of A. A. Tait, this drawing relates in time and place or subject to those contained in Adam volume 7.As the inscription makes clear, this was a design for an inn connected with the Scottish Highlands road building schemes of General Wade before and after the Rebellion of 1745. At this time very rudimentary accommodation for both travellers and horses was offered: 'horses received as much attention as that provided for their riders' (see A.R.B. Haldane, New Ways through the Glens, Edinburgh, 1962, p.178). The drawing shows the central block in dark grey wash and the wings in light wash. This may mean that part of the structure already existed in some form and perhaps explains the word 'adapted' in the inscription. The inscription on the verso may refer to the notable anti-Jacobite Daniel Campbell of Shawfield, who died in 1753, or one of his sons. The draughtsmanship is similar to John Adam's drawings in the 1750s for Inveraray.

Level

Drawing

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