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SM Adam volume 51/102


[30] Design for gates and lodges, 1785, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey castle-style gateway, flanked by shields, with an attic containing three cross-shaped slit windows, and with small turrets at each corner, and this arch is flanked by single-storey, three-bay lodges with canted fronts, with pyramidal roofs, and a central pedestrian gate flanked by windows, and beyond the lodges are wooden fences, and single-storey, single-bay wooden huts with pyramidal roofs, and with pencil-drawn wooden doors set within the central arch


to a scale


Lord Lonsdale (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) Number 31 (in red pen) / Gateway Ld Lonsdale

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    datable to 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (533 x 348)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 246
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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