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image SM Adam volume 1/17

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SM Adam volume 1/17


[10] Design for a temple, c1787, not known to have been executed


Elevation of a single-storey, single-bay building. There is a central doorway flanked by Doric pilasters supporting a pediment ornamented with a rosette and festoons of husks. The capitals contain rosettes and there is a frieze of fluting, with a central plain tablet


to a scale


Little Temple at Claremont (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (266 x 218)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 183, 222
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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