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SM Adam volume 30/12


[27] Finished drawing for a guard house building, 1789


Plan and elevation of a triangular building, with a curved, five-bay prinicpal front, with single-bay side fronts, and a projecting, triangular rear, containing a curved guard room, and an octagonal officers' room behind, and the elevation shows that the building is single-storey, with the windows and central door within relieving arches, and the end bays articulated by paired Doric pilasters, and with a flat roof surmounted by a small drum and dome


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Plan of a Guard Room for the Offices & Soldiers at the Register Office (underwritten in pencil) / at Edinburgh (in pencil) / Anti Room (underwritten in pencil) / Guard Room (underwritten in pencil) / Privy (underwritten in pencil) / Officers Apart (underwritten in pencil) / Coals &c (underwritten in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 26/11/1789
    Edinburgh 26. Novr 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (303 x 409)




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 11
Tait, 1974, pl. 7
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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