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Two alternative preliminary designs for a garden hut for the Hon. Miss Curzon, 1760-70, unexecuted (2)

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Charlotte Curzon (c1753-1841) was the eldest daughter of Sir Nathaniel Curzon, and presumably this rustic building was intended to function as a sort of Wendy house for her. There is, however, some confusion over whether Adam volume 1/241 is indeed an alternative to the hut in Adam 1/242, as it is not inscribed, and may have been for a different pavilion or grotto. Neither design was executed.

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