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  • image SM Adam volume 29/26

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/26


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


Elevation of the garden (north front) of a house, as Adam volume 29/25, but with a different arrangement in the central block, showing a five-bay central bow, with arched windows within relieving arches on the principal storey, with a central door accessed by paired curving external stairs, and this bow extends into a crenellated circular tower with an additional storey, and a conical roof, and there is only one bay in the recessed portion of the house between the bow and the projecting end bays


bar scale of ¾ inch to 10 feet


A (in pencil) / Castle of the Oaks one of the Seats of The Earl of Derby (in the hand of William Adam) / North Front / Castle of the Oaks one of the Seats of the Earl of Derby (in pencil) (verso) Lord Derby (in pencil) / 2 / 2

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (589 x 444)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
Rowan, 1985, pp. 102, 104
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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