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SM Adam volume 1/69


[26] Preliminary design for the guard house building, 1789


Plan and elevation of a single-storey triangular building, with a concave, five-bay front, with a central door flanked by windows, each within a relieving arch, and the end bays are articulated by Doric pilasters, and surmounted by a sculpted unicorn to the left, and a lion to the right, and with a central drum and dome above the building


to a rough scale


Guard room / for the Guard [ _ _ _ _ ] / [ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / Door / Coals (?) / Guard bed / [ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ ] and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1789
    datable to 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (317 x 316)


Robert Adam


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



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