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SM Adam volume 30/31


[5] Design for the principal front of a castle-style building, 1793, unexecuted


Principal elevation of a two-storey castle-style building with flanking single-storey pavilions connected by links, over a half-sunk basement. The central block has two circular towers flanking the central three bays and square corner towers on the outer bays. The building is adorned with crenellations and machicolated cornices and there is a cartouche and corner bartizans over the central bay at roof level. There is a mixture of square, slit, lancet, cross and segmental-arched windows as well as oculi


bar scale of 7/8 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the Entrance front of Knockear Castle the Seat of John Buchanan Esqr ~ / (verso) Knockear Castle

Signed and dated

  • 1793
    datable to 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (466x249)


Adam office hand, possibly John Robertson


W surmounted by a shield with a fleur de lis above


Bolton, Volume II, Index, 1922, p.20
King, Volume 2, 2001, pp. 138, 163
Further literary references in scheme notes



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