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image SM Adam volume 19/171

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SM Adam volume 19/171


[24] Record drawing for a garden seat, 1780, not known to have been executed


Elevation and plan of a garden seat, comprising a raised, single-storey aedicule articulated by Ionic pilasters. With capitals ornamented with paterae, and a frieze consisting of a rosette, ribbons and festoons, and this is surmounted by a band of Vitruvian scroll. Within the aedicule there is a seat with block feet, tapering legs, and a plain seat rail


to a scale


Garden Seat for Sir Abraham Hume Baronet and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 1780
    5.th May 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (320 x 454)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


J Kool surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 226
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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