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SM Adam volume 21/143


[7] Preliminary design giving a plan and elevation for a gateway and lodges, 1776-77, unexecuted


Plan and alternative elevations of a crenellated gateway and lodges, with a central carriage arch. The first scheme shows a central carriage arch, flanked by slit windows, and with bartizans in the top corners, flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay links, one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay circular towers, and wooden perimeter fencing, and the second scheme shows a central carriage arch, flanked by two-storey, single-bay square towers, with pyramidal roofs, and bartizans in the top corners, and beyond a single-storey, single-bay links, and two-storey, single-bay circular towers, and it is the central portion of the second scheme which is shown in plan (verso) alternative rough pencil-drawn view of a gateway and lodges


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 10 feet

Signed and dated

  • June 1776
    datable to June 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (198 x 321)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 245
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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