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SM Adam volume 10/77


[1] Preliminary design for a castellated house, 1783, unexecuted


Rough plan and garden front elevation of a two-storey, crenellated house, with a three-bay, bow-fronted central block, with a conical roof, and three-storey corner turrets, flanked by three-bay links, with pitched roofs, and three-bay pavilions, one with a pyramidal roof, with two-storey corner turrets, and with Palladian windows within relieving arches on the ground floor


not to scale


Kitchen / Pantry / Scullery / Ks Keepers rm / Study / Hall / Great Room / Dining Room and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1783
    datable to 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pencil in sugar paper (244 x 201)


Robert Adam


Rowan, 1985, p. 122
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 166
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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