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image SM Adam volume 21/18

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SM Adam volume 21/18


[13] Design showing an elevation of the garden front for the fourth scheme, c1777, unexecuted


Elevation of the garden (north) front of a house, composed of three blocks, with a central three-bay block, with an arcade across the ground storey, and arched windows above, flanked by single-bay circular towers on each side, and surmounted by bartizans and a four-sided step-gabled pediment, and this block is flanked by two-storey, single-bay links, with the upper windows within relieving arches, and beyond are further two-storey blocks, also with towers on each side, and step-gabled pediments, but with tripartite windows, arched in the first storey


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


Design of the Garden front of Oaks Castle one of the Seats of the Earl of Derby shewing the windows to the / present Eating room, the apartments intended over it and the ends of the new wings and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (443 x 302)


Robert Adam


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



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