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SM Adam volume 19/123


[2] Finished drawing for an octagonal room within a garden pavilion, 1762, possibly executed


Part plan and section, showing a rectangular, apsidal lobby, and an octagonal room with rectangular recesses, a window and a door. The section shows the aedicular door, ornamented with festoons and an enclosed oval patera, surmounted by a figurative overdoor medallion within a wreath, and flanked by walls containing recesses surmounted by portrait medallions, and with a frieze of calyx, arabesques, urns, and winged half-putti, and the coved ceiling is ornamented with arabesques, anthemia, masks, urns, rosettes and half figures


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Design of the Door Side of an Octagon Room For the Right Honble The Lord Melcombe In His Lordships Garden / near Hammersmith (In His Lordships Garden near Hammersmith in the hand of William Adam) / Part of the plan of the Room and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    Robt Adam Architect 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink and yellow washes on laid paper (432 x 620)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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