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SM Adam volume 19/138


[19] Finished drawing for a garden pavilion, 1764, unexecuted


Diagonal section (running from to top left-hand corner to the bottom right-hand corner on the plans in Adam volumes 19/135-136) through a two-storey circular, domed temple, with urn-filled niches on the exterior walls of the basement, which contains a central octagonal, domed room, flanked by domed circular rooms, one of which contains a chimneypiece, and in the upper register is a domed, circular room, containing a door, flanked by large windows, and with walls ornamented with painted pilasters, medallion overdoors, figurative panels, a fluted frieze, and a dome ornamented with grotesque work, and with two further doors in section leading into small domed rooms, one of which contains a chimneypiece, and the other with an apsidal end


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Signed and dated

  • 1764
    datable to 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink and yellow wash on laid paper (454 x 610)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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