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  • image SM Adam volume 29/58

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SM Adam volume 29/58


[7] Finished drawings for an entrance lodge and gateway, c1782, unexecuted


Above- Elevation of a castellated gateway with a central two-storey block surmounted by a pitched roof bearing a cross, and this is flanked by minor turrets with semi-circular-headed windows and conical roofs. The gateway has a central, projecting, castellated arch with slit windows set within the spandrels. Above this there is a trio of lancet windows surmounted by semi-circular moulded lintels. Flanking the central block there are castellated single-storey, single-bay link blocks which contain entrances with moulded lintels set above. The gateway terminates in one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay pavilions, with stepped, gabled roofs bearing crosses. At the ground-storey level there are three-quarter-height windows, with quarter-height windows above, all set within relieving arches. The pavilions are surmounted by pairs of minor turrets with slit windows and conical roofs Below- Plan for a gateway, with a central block containing a vaulted carriage archway flanked by an oval staircase and an oval room. The central block is flanked by one-bay link blocks containing entrances, and these connect to one-by-two-bay pavilions. The pavilions contain rooms with fireplaces, with staircases to the rear


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Gateway for Banner Castle in Yorkshire the Seat of Lord John Murray (in the hand of William Adam) / Extends [_ _ _] (pencil) / 56 (pencil) / drawing 59 numbered for [_ _ _ _ _ _] 27th May 2000 (pencil) (modern curatorial hand, pencil) / transferred to Drawer 6, Adam Chest Plan (modern curatorial hand, pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within single ruled border on laid paper (353 x 515)


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. 243, pl. 241
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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