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image SM Adam volume 19/147

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SM Adam volume 19/147


[1] Record drawing for a garden pavilion, 1768, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a one-storey, five-bay building on a stylobate of three steps, with a hipped roof, apsidal ends, and a peristyle around a bow across the central three bays, with four Spalatro columns matching the pilasters which articulate the niche-filled end bays. The interior is composed of a single room with apsidal ends, containing a chimneypiece opposite the bow front, windows on the side walls, and six niches


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Building for Edward Popham Esqr proposed to be executed in his Park / at Littlecote in Wiltshire / Plan of the building and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

1768 (in pencil)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (416 x 615)


James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 21
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 221
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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