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image SM Adam volume 33/36

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SM Adam volume 33/36


[36] Preliminary design for a banqueting house, 1785, unexecuted


Plan and rear elevation of a rectangular crenellated building, with a two-and-a-half-storey central block, with three slit windows in the ground storey, surmounted by a tripartite window within a relieving arch on the first storey, and flanked by circular towers, with windows within reliving arches on the ground storey, surmounted by arched windows, and cross-shaped slit windows at the top, and the central block is surmounted by an additional half-storey square tower, with a pyramidal roof, and three oculus windows. The central block is flanked by two-storey, single-bay links, with slit windows in the ground storey, and windows within relieving arches on the first storey, and beyond are two-storey, single-bay circular towers, with windows within relieving arches on the ground storey, surmounted by an arched window, and with a cross-shaped slit window above, and from the plan it is possible to see that there is a porte cochère on the principal front, composed of a curved roadway, on the far side of which from the building is a screen wall flanked by circular towers


to a rough scale


Elevation towards Hulse Water / Castle Building in the Forest to look upon Hulse Water, with Kitchen / Servants room & other conveniences below and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    R Adam Archt / 21 Octr. 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and sepia wash on laid paper (205 x 309)


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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