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image SM Adam volume 33/38

Reference number

SM Adam volume 33/38


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


Elevation set within a landscape, of the principal front of a rectangular crenellated building, with a two-and-a-half-storey central block screened on the ground and first storey by the exterior ramp of a porte cochère, with a central arched door surmounted by a hood moulding, surmounted by a coat of arms, flanked by niches, and the screen terminating in single-bay circular towers, with arched windows on the first storey, and cross-shaped slit windows above, and beyond the porte cochère a segmental window in the upper register of the central block is visible, and the central block is surmounted by an additional half-storey square tower, with a pyramidal roof surmounted by a flagstaff, and three oculus windows. The central block is flanked by links and towers as in Adam volume 33/36


to a rough scale


Elevation of a Castle Building for The Right Honble The Earl of / Lonsdale intended to be built in the Forest, from the Back / Front is seen the beautiful prospect of Hulse Water & adjacent / Mountains

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    Rt Adam Archt 22d Octr. 1785.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and sepia wash on laid paper (204 x 195)


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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