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SM Adam volume 10/30


[10] Preliminary design for an addition to the house, 1774, as executed


Plan of a tower flanked by turrets, with an oval room in the tower, with three windows, and a niche opposite the windows, with the plan of a ceiling shown, with a central medallion, and a border of rosettes enclosed by wreaths, and the tower is flanked by turrets, one of which contains a water closet, and the other contains part of a staircase


bar scale of 2 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Ardencaple Lord Frederick Campbell / Water Closet / Green Door / Gib

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (254 x 190)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 2
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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