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image SM Adam volume 33/37

Reference number

SM Adam volume 33/37

Purpose

[28] Preliminary design for gates and lodges, 1785, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of two alternative castle-style gateways. The top gate has a central carriage arch flanked by two-storey, single-bay circular towers, with arched pedestrian gates in the ground storey, surmounted by cross-shaped slit windows, and this is flanked by single-storey, three-bay links, with slit windows, and one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay circular towers, with arched windows on the ground storey, surmounted by oculus windows, and the gate is flanked by a perimeter wall. The bottom gate is three bays wide, articulated by broad Doric column piers, with a central carriage arch, with pepper-pot turrets in each top corner, flanked by doors, with a pepper-pot turret in the top outside corner, and the gate is flanked by a perimeter wall with five slit windows on each side

Scale

to a rough scale

Inscribed

Design of a Castle Gate for the Earl of Lonsdale / Design of a Gate for The Earl of Lonsdale at Whitehaven

Signed and dated

Octr 23. 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and sepia wash on laid paper (197 x 161)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

Astley, 2000, p. 34
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 246
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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