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SM Adam volume 32/44


[18] Design for a tea pavilion, 1763-65, as executed


Plan of the first floor, and section through a one-and-a-half-storey ornamental cottage, with an octagonal central block containing a tea room ornamented with palm trees, and a domed ceiling which extends into the upper register, flanked by one-bay link corridors with pitched roofs, one of which is connected to the tea room, but the other is separate and contains a staircase, and beyond are one-bay pavilions, one of which contains a room for boiling water for the tea room which extends into a coved ceiling in the upper register, and the other is divided into an upper and lower floor, and providing accommodation for a porter


bar scale of 2 1/3 inches to 10 feet


Section of Ornamental Cottage for Sir Laurence Dundas (in the hand of William Adam) / Servts Room for boiling Water Continued / Tea Room Continued / Porters Bed Room / (1763-5) (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson) and some measurements given in pen and pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1763-1765
    datable to 1763-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (582 x 486)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam, date in pencil in a modern curatorial hand, possibly Sir John Summerson


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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