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SM Adam volume 37/55


[7] Preliminary design for the house, 1774, unexecuted


Elevation of the garden (north-east) front of a crenellated house, with a four-storey fifteen-bay L-shaped central block, with single-bay projecting towers, a hipped roof, and surmounted by a central circular tower, and three-bay arcaded and pyramidal lantern, and the central block is flanked by two-storey, five-bay links with pitched roofs, and two-storey, five-bay pavilions, set at an angle to the central block, and with central three-bay bow fronts, flanked by single-bay projecting circular towers in the end bays


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


North East Front of / Barnbougle Castle for The Earl of Roseberry (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (655 x 496)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
Tait, 1981, p. 421
Rowan, 1985, p. 98
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 161
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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