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SM Adam volume 30/144


[16] Design for an alternative gateway, unexecuted, c1764


Plan and elevation of a one-storey, three-bay building, articulated by engaged Doric columns, with a rusticated central bay, containing a segmental carriage arch, flanked by end bays containing rectangular windows, one of which is blind, ornamented with quoins, and behind which are single-room lodges, each with a chimneypiece. The whole is ornamented with a Doric frieze, and surmounted by an octagonal lantern above the central bay


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


A Design for One of the Gateways for His Grace The Duke of Manchesters Seat at Kimbolton Castle and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1764
    datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (530 x 383)


Adma office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


SHI YRSDEL IIVI surmounted by a cross


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
Beard, 1978, pp. 45-46
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 220, 245
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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