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SM Adam volume 51/95


[21] Preliminary design for a gateway, c1777, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a three-storey, single-bay lozenge-shaped tower, with a five-storey circular tower on the nearest corner, containing a spiral staircase, and with a single-storey, half-bay lean-to lodge on each side, and the tower is flanked by two-storey, single-bay angled links, forming a V-shape, with bartizans on the far corners, and beyond these are carriage arches, also set at an angle, resulting in a M-shaped building, and at the far side of the carriage arches are three-storey, single-bay circular towers, and a short portion of perimeter fencing


bar scale of ½ inch to 10 feet


Lord Derby (in the hand of William Adam) / (and in pencil) Road to the Castle / Dug / [ _ _ _ _ ] / [ _ _ _ _ _ ] / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / Well

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (277 x 455)


Robert Adam, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


VL surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


King, 2001, Volu,e II, p. 245
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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