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SM Adam volume 35/114


[18] Design for an ornamental barn, c1788, possibly executed


Plan of a five-by-one-bay building, with a central octagonal space, with entrances to the front and rear, flanked by pairs of columns. The first and third bays form wings, and these are set behind pilaster screens


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


2d Plan of a Barn for The Revd Mr Rose (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) and some dimensions given / 114 (pencil, modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (464 x 239)


Office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 257
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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