Designs for Rosneath, Strathclyde, for the 5th Duke of Argyll: elevation of the entrance to the subterranean street leading to the east court with section of the main drain sloping towards the sea (third design)
Architect/Designer Bonomi, Joseph (1739-1808) Artist/Photographer Bonomi, Joseph (1739-1808) Country UK: Scotland City Rosneath Subject Date 1810 Image Date 1805 View Exterior Style Neoclassical Medium Drawing Library Reference SA10/1(4) Orientation Landscape Colour Info Colour Credit RIBA Collections Subject Arches ; Country houses ; Entrances
NOTES: The first design for a 'villa' at Rosneath is dated November 1802 and consists of plans and sections of a compact house with a porte cochere on the entrance front and a semi-circular portico on the garden front. The second design for Rosneath is for an enlarged version of the first scheme. This stage of the design is represented by an important series of working drawings for the house dated January-July 1803. A number of alterations and additions were made to the second design between April-November 1804. In the third (and final) design a sunken court is extended so as to surround the house. The interior of the house and the proposals for the elevations remained unaltered from Bonomi's second design with alterations of April to November 1804. Rosneath was never completed according to Bonomi's design following the death of the 5th Duke of Argyll in 1806. The 6th Duke's straitened circumstances halted the building work in 1810 and the fitting up of the interiors of the house continued fitfully until 1820 with Ignatius Bonomi supervising the work after his father's death in 1808. The house was demolished in 1961.
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