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image SM Adam volume 21/33

Reference number

SM Adam volume 21/33

Purpose

[18] Preliminary design for a memorial tower, 1774, unexecuted

Aspect

Rough plan and elevation of a square crenellated tower containing three storeys of windows, with a porch containing an arched door accessed by stairs, and with a round tower to one side, containing spiral staircase, and surmounted by a conical roof

Scale

not to scale

Inscribed

Sketch of a Tower for the Honble Geo Baillie / on top of the Hill at Mellerstain / Over the entry door a pannel for a Monumental / Inscription / This [ _ _ _ _ _ ] of the Building / towards the House / The little tower with the Stairs to be 6 feet / Diamr within & the walls from 3 feet / at Bottom to nearly 2 feet at top / Cornice & facia wanted for the Gallery at Mellerstain / over a Grecian Ionic Capital & Base / a Drawing of a Cieling for that Room with / Compartments filled with Pannels & figures / in the Center with a Cieling for the Arches / Within the Columns, & a Spandrel finishing for / the ends over the Columns, Architraves for Doors & Windows & a Drawing of a Chimneypiece and some measurements given

Signed and dated

Adelphi 29th Octr. 1774.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (395 x 325)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
Astley, 2000, p. 34
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 245
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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