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SM Adam volume 1/38


[1] Preliminary design for the house, c1774, unexecuted


Plan and rough elevation of an L-shaped building, with a central step-gabled tower, containing octagonal rooms, and with two circular single-bay towers on the curving principal front, and one central four- or five-bay circular tower on the garden front, and the central tower is flanked by links with circular towers on each corner, with conical roofs, and with a single-bay square tower on the principal front of each link, and a three-bay bow on the garden front of one link, and a three- or five-bay projection with engaged columns on the garden front of the other link


to a scale


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (354 x 302)


Robert Adam


Rowan, 1985, p. 100
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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