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SM Adam volume 43/16


[5] Design for the house, c1764


Elevation of the garden (north) front, of a three-and-a-half-storey, nine-bay central block, with a hipped roof, a rusticated first storey, and with a central three-and-a-half-storey three-bay bow. The central block is flanked by one-storey, three-bay arcaded links, and alternative pavilions to either side. The left-hand pavilion is a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay building, with a hipped roof, and in the ground and first storeys the windows are contained within relieving arches. The right-hand pavilion is a two-storey, five-bay building, with a hipped roof, with the central three bays projecting and supporting a pediment


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


North Front of Buchanan House one of the Seats / of His Grace The Duke of Montrose (of Buchanan House one of the Seats / of His Grace The Duke of Montrose in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Last Design

Signed and dated

  • c1764
    datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1128 x 510)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or William Hamilton, and addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 123
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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