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SM Adam volume 21/24


[6] Preliminary design for a building, c1764, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half, twenty-three-bay, crenulated building, with a central five-bay block containing an entrance flanked by full-height windows. There are full-height windows at the first-storey level, shown alternatively set within relieving arches, or with half-height windows above. The central block is flanked by three-bay, canted towers with turrets, and surmounted by pediments supporting crenellations and crosses. The towers are flanked by three-bay link buildings, which are alternatively shown as two-storey and two-and-a-half-storey in height. The building terminates in three-bay towers. The left-hand tower is surmounted by a single-bay turret, and the right-hand tower has tripartite windows on the ground, first and second storeys


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (337 x 218)


Robert Adam


Preliminary design of a rosette enclosed within a lozenge formed from caylx and corner rosettes (pencil)


King, 2001, Volume I p. 12; Volume II, pp. 85, 131, 163
Russell, 1992, pp. 44-47
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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