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SM Adam volume 21/17


[10] Design showing an elevation of the principal front for the second scheme, c1777, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (south) front of a castellated house, with a three-storey, central block, with the central three bays slightly recessed, and surmounted by a step-gabled pediment, and flanked by projecting three-bay towers, with the end bays composed of projecting circular towers, and with an additional mezzanine floor, and a half-height attic with cross-slit windows, and also surmounted by step gabled pediments, and this central block is flanked by half-bay links, and two-storey wings, with a central tripartite window, flanked by projecting single-bay circular towers, and with bartizans on each corner, and surmounted by four-sided step-gabled pediments, and the windows across the whole first storey of the building are arches


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


Design of the South front of Oaks Castle a Hunting Seat of the Earl of Derby shewing the new intended wings / proposed to be joined to the Building and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (447 x 298)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
Rowan, 2003, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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