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SM Adam volume 37/43


[7] Design for the southwest front of a building, c1764, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, twenty-one bay crenellated building. There is a central five-bay block with a doorway flanked by full-height windows on the ground storey, and with full-height windows on the first storey and half-height windows in the upper register. The central block is flanked by three-bay canted towers, and one-and-a-half storey, two-bay link blocks. The building terminates in three-bay square towers, with tripartite windows on the ground and first storeys, and the towers are surmounted by single-bay turrets


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


South West front of Luton Castle in Bedfordshire / one of the seats of The Earl of Bute (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (536 x 374)


Office hand, possibly Giuseppe Manocchi or William Hamilton, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


4 / Lord Bute / Luton Castle Style / 4 Elevations 4 Plans / Lord Bute (pencil)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 21
Russell, 1992, pp. 44-47
King, 2001, Volume I. p. 12; Volume II, pp. 85, 131, 163
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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