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SM Adam volume 35/26


[116] Record drawing for the greenhouse, 1779


Plan of a seven-bay colonnaded greenhouse, with single-bay end pavilions each containing an oval room, and with a small extension at the rear containing a water cistern


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Green House at Gawthorpe the Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esqr [at Gawthorpe the Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esqr in the hand of William Adam] / Shed / Cistern / Garden room / Green House / Garden room and some dimensions given (verso) No 5 / No 5 these plans should go 5th within the Book

Signed and dated

  • June 1779
    datable to June 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (603 x 493)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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