Edward Harley, 4th Earl of Oxford and Mortimer (1726-90), was MP (Tory) for Herefordshire (1747-55); High Steward of Hereford (1755-90); Lord of the Bedchamber (1760-90); and Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire (1766-90). In 1777 he commissioned Robert Adam's designs for a stable and entrance gates in a castle style, and a large ruinous folly. None of these were executed.
A. T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4; N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: Herefordshire, 1963, p. 81; A. Tait, Robert Adam: the creative mind: from the sketch to the finished drawing, 1996, p. 29; S. Astley, Robert Adam's castles, 2000, p. 34; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, pp. 229, 232, 243
Frances Sands, 2011
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).
Contents of Brampton Bryan, Knighton, Herefordshire: unexecuted designs for an entrance gate, stables and a ruin for the 4th Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, 1777 (3)
- Design for a gateway, 9 June 1777, unexecuted (1)
- Design for stables, 9 June 1777, unexecuted (1)
- Presentation drawing for a ruinous folly, 1777, unexecuted (1)