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SM Adam volume 19/125


[4] Finished drawing for a circular room within a garden pavilion, 1762, possibly executed


Part plan and section, showing a circular room, with windows, a door, and rectangular recesses. The section shows an aedicular door, with a rectangular overdoor ornamented with masks, festoons, and medallion containing a military trophy, and this is flanked by a window and recess, each surmounted by a rectangular panel containing an urn flanked by winged griffons, and with a frieze of festoons and rosettes, and a domed ceiling ornamented with festoons, enclosed rosettes, urns, anthemia, and a fan containing figures


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Design for finishing the Door Side of a Circular Room For the Honble The Lord Melcombe / In his Lordships Garden near Hammersmith (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    Robt Adam Architect 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink wash on laid paper (435 x 601)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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