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image SM Adam volume 31/115

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SM Adam volume 31/115


[12] Finished drawing for variant designs for the Crackmore Gate, 1767, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay crenellated central block, with a central semicircular-headed arch, flanked by bays with semicircular-headed windows on the ground floor and an oculus above. The central block supports a crenellated single-storey, arcaded drum, surmounted by a single-storey, one-bay crenellated smaller drum with a semicircular-headed window. The central block is flanked on either side by single-storey, one-bay crenellated links containing a door, and a two-storey, one-bay crenellated tower with a semicircular-headed window on the ground floor and an oculus above. Either side is wooden fencing


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Gateway for Sherbourne Castle in Dorsetshire The Seat of the Rt Honble Lord Digby and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (507 x 349)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 230
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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