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image SM Adam volume 43/41

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SM Adam volume 43/41


[9] Finished drawing for a boathouse, c1775-78, unexecuted


Plan and elevation within a landscape, showing a boathouse with one mooring, flanked by turrets, and with a walkway around the interior walls of the mooring. The elevation shows a lancet-arched opening to the mooring, surmounted by balustrading, and with a narrow two-storey pepper-pot turret on one side, and a larger tower containing a spiral staircase to the other. The staircase presumably leads to the balustraded roof over the mooring


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Boat House for The Earl of Exeter at Burleigh (in the hand of William Adam) / this was never shewn to my Lord Exeter nor did he know that it was done (verso) 4 / Number 8 / at Boat House for the Earl of Exeter

Signed and dated

  • 1775-1778
    date range: 1775-78

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte on laid paper (486 x 617)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
Richardson, 1992, p. 88
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 243
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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