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Design for a dressing room for the adjoining bath, 1778, possibly executed (1)

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The garden at Wormleybury was celebrated as one of the most noteworthy collections of rare and exotic plants, with particular specimens from India introduced by Sir Abraham Hume and his wife Amelia. Adam designed a number of garden buildings for the grounds, including a garden seat, pavilion and interiors for a dressing room to an adjoining bath. King suggests that these designs were never carried out. However, Historic England point to archaeological evidence of stone work to the south-west of the house, adjacent to a spring, which suggests that this site have served for the bath house and adjacent dressing rooms. It is therefore possible that at least one of Adam’s designs for the grounds at Wormleybury was executed.

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