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SM Adam volume 33/35


[33] Preliminary design for the stables, 1785, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a circular building, with an outer curtain wall composed of three-bay links containing arched windows, alternating with projecting arched doors flanked by circular towers containing slit windows, and the inner building is two storeys in height, and octagonal; containing a stable on the ground storey, and with windows within relieving arches on the first storey, with a pepper-pot turret at the roofline of each angle, and with a conical roof


to a rough scale

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    Rt Adam Archt / Octr 19. 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including sepia and cerulean blue on laid paper (199 x 307)


Robert Adam


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



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