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image SM Adam volume 9/187

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SM Adam volume 9/187


[2] Preliminary design for a garden temple, c1760-61, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a three-bay, domed temple, supported by a shallow stylobate, and with an open front screened by two fluted Doric columns, supporting a frieze of ox skulls and festoons, and a pediment, with a central acroterion, and with an enclosed rosette and festoons in the tympanum. The screen is flanked by panels containing drops


not to scale

Signed and dated

datable to c1760-61

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (103 x 111)


Robert Adam



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