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  • image SM Adam volume 29/39

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SM Adam volume 29/39


[22] Finished drawing showing a plan for the gateway, c1777, unexecuted


Plan within a landscape of a single-bay, lozenge-shaped lodge, with a circular spiral staircase tower on the rear corner, flanked by square towers to either side, and with two-bay links connecting to further square towers, and these links and towers form a V-shape, with a curved fencing connecting them and enclosing a court, and with gateways to either side of the links, which are set at an angle to the lodge, and terminating in circular towers


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Gateway for Oaks Castle one of the Seats of the Earl of Derby (in the hand of William Adam) / Plan of the Gate for Oaks Castle one of the Seats of the Earl of Derby (in pencil) (verso) 3

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (367 x 286)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
King, 2001, Volume II, Index pp. 233, 245
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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