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SM Adam volume 43/60


[7] Design for a gatehouse, 1772, unexecuted


Part plan and elevation of a castle-style gatehouse, composed of a single-bay entrance door, barred by a half-height picket fence, surmounted by a cross-shaped slit window, and set within a relieving arch, and flanked by two-storey, single-bay crenellated circular towers, with cross-shaped slit windows on the ground storey, and slit windows on the first storey, and the central entrance is surmounted by a three-bay crenellated upper storey, with slit windows, and bartizans, and a stepped gable roof, containing a single slit window


bar scale of 2 3/5 inches to 10 feet


For John Role Walter Esqe in Devonshire (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • April 1772
    Adelphi April / 10t. 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen within a single ruled border on laid paper (381 x 509)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


6 / Number 11 (in red pen) / John Role Walter Esqr




This castle-style gatehouse was not executed. See scheme notes.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 243
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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