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SM Adam volume 37/24


[23] Design showing an elevation of the garden front, 1777, unexecuted


Elevation of the garden front of a three-and-a-half-storey house, over a half-sunk basement with a central thermal or Diocletian window of depressed form, and with the central three bays forming a bow, with the principal storey containing an arcade within relieving arches, accessed by curving staircases, and the bow is flanked by single-bay circular towers, and surmounted by an additional storey, crenellations, and this is flanked by three crenellated bays, and a single projecting end bay to each side, again with an additional storey and crenellations, and with bartizans (verso) pencil-drawn elevation as recto but with a conical roof over the central tower, and pitched roofs between the bartizans


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Fleurs Castle for His Grace the Duke of Roxburgh / last Design (all in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 1 / 1

Signed and dated

  • 15/11/1777
    Adelphi 15th/ Novr. 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (548 x 367)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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