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SM Adam volume 19/124


[3] 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, windows, a door, and a chimneypiece. The section shows a chimneypiece with tapering Ionic pilaster stiles, a fluted frieze, and oval figurative tablet, supporting a rectangular overmantel mirror frame, surmounted by an urn flanked by winged griffons, and a figurative medallion within a wreath on the wall above. This is flanked by a window, and a rectangular recess on each side, each surmounted by a portrait medallion, 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. There is also a rough pencil-drawn plan of the whole building at the bottom of the sheet, showing an octagonal room, and a circular room, either side of a rectangular lobby or portico with three apses on one side, and a colonnade on the other


7/10 inch to 1 foot


Design for finishing the Chimney 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) / Plan of part of the Room and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    R.A. 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, and pink and yellow washes on laid paper (431 x 593)


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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