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  • image SM Adam volume 30/36

Reference number

SM Adam volume 30/36


[2] Design for the first floor of a castle-style building, 1793, unexecuted


Principal (first) floor plan comprising two large rooms flanking a central open-well staircase with an entrance hall to the front and a rear room with a canted bay. Rooms include a dining room, breakfast room, hall and drawing room. Attached to the main building by links are two rectangular pavilions containing servants' rooms, closets and stairs. Adjoining the pavilions are screen walls and piers enclosing a curved carriage sweep


bar scale of 7/8 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of Knockear Castle on Loch Lomond the Seat of / John Buchanan Esqr ~ / Servants room / Closet / Stairs / Lead flat / Area / Dining room / Closet / Breakfast room / Closet / Stairs / Hall / Drawing room / Servants room / Closet / Grand Road of approach for Carriages / [_ _ _ _ _] Plot with some room dimensions and pencil annotations / (verso) [_ _ _ _ _ / _ _] Knockear Castle – Lo[_ _] / 8/2 / London / Mm / Mm / M

Signed and dated

  • 14/10/1793
    Albemarle Street / 14 Octb 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, and pink wash on laid paper (520x379)


Adam office hand, possibly John Robertson


W surmounted by a fleur de lis within a crowned cartouche


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



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