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  • image SM Adam volume 29/25

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/25


[8] Finished drawing showing an elevation of the principal front for the first scheme, c1777, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (south) front of a house, as Adam volumes 29/27-30, showing a two-and-a-half-storey, thirteen-bay central block, with the central five-bays projecting, with a three-bay bow which is crenellated and extends as a circular tower into an additional storey, and the end bays of the central blocks are also slightly projecting, and rise an additional half-storey, and are surmounted by half-storey circular towers, and the recessed bays in between contain windows behind an arcade, and the first-storey central door and windows on the principal storey of the projecting bays are within relieving arches, and there is a curving porte cochère across the front, and the central block is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay links, and three-storey, three-bay wings, with canted bow fronts up to the level between the first and second storeys, and articulated by large engaged columns in the form of circular towers, and this canted portion is surmounted by three bays of flat front supporting a stepped gable containing a window, and with a small, single-bay crenellated tower to one side


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


A (in pencil) / Castle of Oaks one of the Seats of The Earl of Derby (in the hand of William Adam) / South Front / Castle of the Oaks one of the Seats of the Earl of Derby (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (584 x 440)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Rowan, 1985, p. 102
Rowan, October 1985, p. 678
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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