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SM Adam volume 51/88


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


Plan and elevation of a four-room enfilade either side of a carriage arch, in a one-storey building, with a three-bay central block, articulated by engaged Doric columns and pediments, with a rusticated central bay, containing a segmental arched doorway, flanked by bays containing rectangular windows ornamented with quoins, and the whole is ornamented with a Doric frieze, and surmounted by a military trophy. The central block is flanked on either side by a three-bay link, articulated by Doric pilasters, with doors and windows within relieving arches, and containing two rooms, and beyond the links are three-bay, domed and pedimented pavilions, with paired Doric pilasters at each end, with a niche in each bay, and containing a circular room with four apses


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Another Design for Kimbolton Castle

Signed and dated

  • c1764
    datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (501 x 707)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson. Title inscription in the hand of William Adam


THS TVILLEDARY 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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