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SM Adam volume 10/25


[20] Preliminary design for alterations to the house, c1777, partly executed


Elevation of a crenellated building, with a four-storey, nine-bay central block, with the central three bays containing a central door on the ground storey, and balustraded arched windows within relieving arches on the first storey, and surmounted by a stepped gable, and flanked by single-bay towers, surmounted by attics with cross-shaped slit windows, and this is flanked by a single bay also containing arched windows on the first and fourth storey, and beyond are further single-storey towers, and the central block is flanked by three-storey, single-bay links, with arched windows on the first storey, and three-storey, three-bay canted and crenellated wings


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (333 x 223)


Robert Adam


Rowan, 1985, p. 102
Rowan, October 1985, pp. 685, 687
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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