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  • image SM Adam volume 29/56

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/56


[2] Finished drawing for the ground storey of a castle, c1782, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a thirteen-by-five-bay building, with square, single-bay, corner turrets. The principal entrance is to the south west, and is set within a canted bay and flanked by curved approaches. The entrance leads to a rectangular hall, where the canted entrance is mirrored within. To the south of the hall there is a curved staircase with an apsidal ended water closet set within the turret beyond. To the north east of the hall there is an oval staircase and oval spaces linking to a circular room with a bow window. Beyond the bow front there is an external curved staircase. To the north of the circular room there is a bedroom with semi-circular closets, and this links to an octagonal room set within the north turret. To the east of the circular room there is an apsidal ended room which links to an octagonal space set with the east turret. The western turret contains a circular room


to a scale


Banner Castle the seat of Lord John Murray in Yorkshire Principal Story- (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (535 x 471)


Office hand possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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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