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Culzean Castle. Oblique aerial view of Culzean Castle, taken in 1994. Digital image of C 26485 CN.

SC 763887

Description Culzean Castle. Oblique aerial view of Culzean Castle, taken in 1994. Digital image of C 26485 CN.

Date 1994

Collection RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Catalogue Number SC 763887

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 26485 CN

Scope and Content Aerial view of Culzean Castle, South Ayrshire This aerial view shows the castle in its dramatic position on the cliff-edge (centre). The central drum contains a circular 'saloon' on the first floor, with windows to take advantage of the sea view. Terraced gardens and a fountain can also be seen just above the castle. A carriage drive and court separates the castle from the stable block (left). Adam designed the castle to look like a ancient fortress, with its towers, battlements and gun-loops. The effect is enhanced by the castellated walls defining the edges of the lawns and terraces. In contrast to this rugged exterior, the interior is delicately decorated with pastel-coloured plasterwork, gilded furniture, mirrors and wall paintings in restrained Neo-Classical style. Culzean Castle was remodelled by architect Robert Adam (1728-92) from 1777 onwards for David, 10th Earl of Cassilis. He extended the late 16th-century, L-plan tower-house in the Castellated style and added a drum tower in 1785. Adam also designed the Neo-Classical interior, oval staircase (built 1787), and adjacent home farm. The castle was extended to the west in 1875 by architects Wardrop & Reid, and restored in the 20th century for The National Trust for Scotland. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/763887

File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

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Collection Level (551 177) RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Sub-Group Level (551 177/19) 1994 Photographs

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