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  • image SM Adam volume 29/54

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/54


[3] Design for the south west front of a castle, c1782, unexecuted


Elevation of a thirteen-bay building, with a part-sunken basement-storey level and a raised ground-storey level. The projecting central five-bays are three storeys in height, and they are surmounted by a castellated, conical roof supporting a weather vane, and this is flanked by minor turrets with conical roofs. At the ground-storey level the central five bays form a bow, this contains a central entrance flanked by full-height windows, all set within relieving arches. The entrance is accessed by flanking sloped approaches, and there is a frieze of lozenges enclosing quatrefoil above. At the first-storey level there is a tripartite window set within a relieving arch and flanked by narrow windows. Above this there is a frieze of rosettes, and at the second-storey level there are lancet windows set within a relieving arch and flanked by crests and further lancet windows. Flanking the central five bays there are two-storey, three-bay links with balustraded full-height windows at the ground-storey level and three-quarter-height windows at the first-storey level. The building terminates in two-and-a-half-storey, single-bay turrets surmounted by pyramidal roofs. At the basement-storey level the turrets have Diocletian windows. At the first-storey level there are narrow, balustraded, full-height windows set within relieving arches. Above this there is a frieze of lozenges enclosing quatrefoil, with quarter-height windows above, and both are set within relieving arches


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


South West Front of a New Design for Banner Castle in Yorkshire / Extends 90 feet

Signed and dated

  • c1782
    Adelphi / 25.th April (cropped) c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (504 x 412)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 161
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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