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SM Adam volume 21/109


[4] Preliminary design for a lodge, c1777


Rough thumbnail plan and elevation of the principal front, of a circular building, containing two rooms, with two short wings to either side, and a portico of two Tuscan columns, carrying a pediment with an oculus in the tympanum. The drum has a steep pyramidal roof with a central chimney-stack, and the wings have pitched roofs


not to scale


Cottage Lodge for the / Duke of Bolton a room / to sit in a Bed room / & Cellar under to be seen / from the road

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (228 x 175)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 253
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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