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SM Adam volume 37/70


[15] Finished drawings for a castle-style house (3rd scheme), 1773, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of the principal (north) front of a three-and-a-half-storey, five-bay crenellated house, with a hipped roof, and a half-sunk basement. With the central three bays slightly projecting, with pepper-pot bartizans at the top corners, and with a relieving arch enclosing all of the windows in the central bay; and with a central tripartite door of arches in the ground storey accessed by tapering stairs, and with small segmental balconies at the windows on the first storey in the central and end bays, surmounted by a coat of arms, and within a relieving arch; and with further pepper-pot bartizans at the top corners of the block; and with full-height projections to either side


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Caldwell (in pencil) Principal Front of a New Design for Mr Baron Mure at Caldwell and some measurements given (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • 08/05/1773
    Adelphi May 8t. 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (644 x 472)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Robert Adam's Castles, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 16 June - 16 September 2000

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