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View from North. Digital image of C 43621 CN.

SC 769795

Description View from North. Digital image of C 43621 CN.

Date 25/5/1994

Catalogue Number SC 769795

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 43621 CN

Scope and Content Arniston House, Midlothian, from the north This shows the central three-storeyed, nine-bayed house flanked by a pair of linked pavilions. The façade features an advanced porch with sculpted pediment, a design which echoes the larger pediment between attached columns above. The pavilion on the left contains the stables (later converted to garages), and that on the right contains the kitchen and servants' accommodation. Guests arriving at Arniston by carriage would travel along the central gravelled drive, and enter the house by the impressive entrance porch. They would be met by the butler or footmen, and be led into the house through an elegant hallway with central stair flanked by gilded lamps. Their carriages would be taken to the stables, and their horses cared for by a team of grooms and stable boys employed by the host. Arniston House, the seat of the Dundas family, was built in the Palladian style from 1726 onwards by architect William Adam (1689-1748) on the site of a c.1600 U-plan tower-house. His son John (1721-92) added the west wing and orangery in 1753. The house was further altered during the 19th century, and comprises a central three-storeyed block with flanking two-storeyed service pavilions joined to the main building by two-storeyed links. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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