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SM Adam volume 32/46


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


Ground plan and elevation of a one-and-a-half-storey ornamental cottage, with an octagonal central block, with a pitched and conical roof supported by tree trunk columns, containing a chimneypiece, and two segmental closets, and with windows surmounted by Diocletian windows. The central block is flanked by one-bay link corridors, with pitched roofs, one of which contains a staircase, and one-bay pavilions with pitched roofs, and Diocletian windows in the upper register, and each containing a chimneypiece, and with a tripartite window on the side elevation


bar scale of 2 1/3 inches to 10 feet


Cottage for Sir Laurence Dundas (in the hand of William Adam) / (Porters Lodge) (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson) and some measurements given in pen and pencil, and with some rough pencil calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1763-1765
    datable to 1763-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (532 x 372)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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



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