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SM Adam volume 39/22


[33] Finished drawing for a gateway, c1779-83, not known to have been executed


Plan and elevation of a gateway in a semi-ruinous condition; with a central two-storey crenellated carriage arch, flanked by single-bay circular towers containing slit and cross windows; and this is flanked by single-storey, three-bay link walls containing arched entrances; and beyond these are one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay, crenellated circular towers with slit and cross windows, one of which contains a spiral staircase; and beyond this there is another three-bay link and tower as before, but with an attic over the central arch of the link, containing a three-bay blind arcade


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


Gateway for Alnwick Castle the Seat of His Grace the Duke of Northumberland (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1779-83
    datable to c1779-83

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (509 x 260)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


GR surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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