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SM Adam volume 9/177


[11] Preliminary design for a garden temple, c1758-63, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of an open, single-storey, single-bay pedimented garden temple on a semicircular plan, with a large ornamental frieze of griffons flanking an urn, supported by Tuscan columns, and with a suggestion of arabesque decoration on the right-hand pilaster


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Column to be 7 1/2 Dm and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1758-1763
    datable to c1758-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (181 x 300)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 184, 226
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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