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SM Adam volume 10/142


[12] Preliminary design for a house, c1785, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, five-bay, crenellated building, with a central arched entrance supported by Tuscan columns and flanked by turrets with slit windows. Beyond this there are tripartite lancet windows. At the first-storey level there is a central square tower with a pyramidal roof supporting a weather vane, and the tower has a balustraded, tripartite lancet window set within a reliving arch. The tower is flanked by half-height, tripartite lancet windows, and the building terminates in turrets with narrow slit windows. The roof line of the building is ornamented with crosses


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet

Signed and dated

  • c1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (274 x 276)


Robert Adam




King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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