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SM Adam volume 10/110


[3] Design showing the elevation of the central block for the first scheme, c1777, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey building, supported by a half-sunk basement, with a five-bay central block, with the central three bays projecting in a canted bow, accessed by a curving, raised road, and rising by an additional crenellated storey, and supporting a single-bay pepper-pot turret with an oculus, a conical roof, and a weather vane, and the central block is flanked by three-bay links, with pitched roofs, and a string course between the ground and first storeys of coats of arms, and the links are flanked by single-bay pavilions, which rise by an additional half storey, and support a single-bay tower, and all of the windows on the ground storey of the building, and in the first storey of the links, are enclosed within relieving arches, and these articulated by Doric pilasters in the links


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (321 x 227)


Robert Adam


JKOOL surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 164, 166
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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