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SM Adam volume 29/57


[1] Design for the ground storey of a castle, 1782, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a thirteen-by-five-bay building, with square, single-bay, corner turrets. The principal entrance to the south west is set within a canted bay and is flanked by curved approaches. The entrance leads to an apsidal ended hall, with a passage to the south which leads to a circular staircase set within the south turret. To the north east of the hall there is a curved bifurcated staircase which links 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 lady’s dressing room set within the north turret, and a gentleman’s dressing room to the south west. The gentleman’s dressing room links to a water closet and staircase set within the west turret. To the east of the circular room there is a dining room with an apsidal end containing niches, and this links to an octagonal closet set within the east turret


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of a new Design for Banner Castle in Yorkshire / the seat of Lord John Murray (pencil) / Hall / Staircase / Gentlemans Dressing room / Water Closet / Powdg room / Bed Chamber / Lady Dressing room / Drawing Room / Dining Room / Closet / Passage / Back Stairs and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • April 1782
    Adelphi / 25.th April 1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (503 x 464)


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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