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image SM Adam volume 30/121

Reference number

SM Adam volume 30/121

Purpose

[2] Design for a garden seats, 1772, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of a one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay, pedimented garden seat, with a segmentally arched open front, screened by single-storey Corinthian columns, supporting a fluted lintel, and this is flanked by Corinthian pilasters on a deep pedestals ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and with curved bases ornamented with festoons and ram masks, and with medallions in the spandrels above the arch, and with a frieze of rosettes alternating with ox skulls connected by festoons, and with a central tablet containing arabesques flanking an urn, and with a coat of arms in the tympanum of the pediment, which supports three acroteria, the central one of which issues pencil-drawn smoke as if it were a chimney stack

Scale

bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design of a Garden Seat for Their Graces the Duke & Duchess of Montagu at Richmond / Calculated to introduce 2 Antique Pilaster Capitals of Marble & 2 Antique Marble Three quarter Capitals for the Small Columns and some measurements given (verso) Duke of Montagu

Signed and dated

Adelphi June 1st 1772

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (609 x 504)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton

Watermark

XD&CB within a cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26; Rowan, 1988, p. 86
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 223
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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