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SM Adam volume 51/76


[8] Design giving a plan and elevation for a gateway and lodges house, 1776, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a crenellated gateway and lodges, with a central recessed arched entrance, flanked by projecting lodges, with pepper-pot turrets on the inside corners, and containing windows into lodge rooms, and with a one-and-a-half-storey tower in each corner, two of which contain spiral staircases to the roof of the lodges


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Gate for Knowsley Park in Lancashire one of the Seats of / The Earl of Derby (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 22/06/1776
    Adelphi June 22d. 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (384 x 497)


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


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 245
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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