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SM Adam volume 33/51


[12] Design for a five-block house, 1767, unexecuted


Elevation of a castellated house, with a three-storey, seven-bay central block, with a central arched door on the ground storey, and the central block is flanked by three-and-a-half-storey, two-bay circular towers, beyond which are three-storey, six-bay ranges, and another set of three-and-a-half-storey, two-bay circular tower, and beyond these are two-storey, three-bay links, and two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay wings which are flanked by three-and-a-half-storey, single-bay circular towers


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Another Design for Lowther Hall the Seat of Sir James Lowther Baronet afterwards / The Earl of Lonsdale (all in the hand of William Adam) / No. 5 / Sr James has a fairy Copy of this and some measurements given (verso) Elevation of a House in the Castle Stile for Lowther Hall One of the Seats of ir James Lowther Bart. (on a small separate sheet affixed to the verso of the drawing)

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    Novr. 26t. 1767.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (993 x 575)


Adam office hand, possibly James Adam


D&CBLAUW and XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 163
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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