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image SM Adam volume 30/13

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SM Adam volume 30/13


[28] Alternative design for a guard house building, 1789


Elevation and section for a building as Adam volume 30/12, but with an octagonal lantern with a conical roof instead of a drum and dome, and with a section showing a double-height octagonal room at the rear, with a domed ceiling, and a curved single-storey room at the front, which is screened by columns


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Secd (scratched out) Elevation of a Guard Room for the Officers and Soldiers at the Register Office / Section thro' the Offices & Soldiers Guard Room at the Register Office at Edinburgh (at Edinburgh in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) Deputy Registers house & Guard Room / A the Register office Edinr / B Elevation & 4 Ground lans from No 12

Signed and dated

  • 26/11/1789
    Edinburgh 26. Novr 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (313 x 441)


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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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