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SM Adam volume 37/62


[2] Finished drawing for a house, 1766, unexecuted


Elevation of a crenellated house, with a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay central block. With a central tripartite door on the ground storey, flanked by projecting, circular towers, with oculus windows in the upper register The central block is flanked by two-storey, four-bay links, and two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay bow-fronted pavilions


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Design of a house in the Castle Style for the Right Honorable Stewart Mackenzie (in pencil) and some measurements given in pen and pencil (verso) 1 / Rt Honble Stewart Mackenzie

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (521 x 355)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 165
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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