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image SM Adam volume 30/146

Reference number

SM Adam volume 30/146

Purpose

[14] Design for an orangery and a menagerie house, 1764, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan and elevation of a menagerie house, and principal and garden front elevations of an orangery. The orangery is a one-storey building, five bays wide on the principal front, with a pitched roof, urn-filled niches within relieving arches in the end bays, and the central three bays glazed and behind an Ionic portico supporting a pediment. The garden front is three bays wide, with windows within reliving arches in the end bays, and a central door within a reliving arch behind a portico of paired Ionic columns supporting a pediment. The menagerie house is a one-storey, H-shaped building, with an octagonal, colonnaded, and domed central block, flanked on either side by a three-bay link wall, containing arched windows, and set behind a Doric colonnade, and one- by three-bay pedimented pavilions, each with a rectangular window within a relieving arch on the principal front

Scale

bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Front of the Orangerie / Front towards the Flower Garden / Plan of the Menagerie &c. / Temple and dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (506 x 577)

Hand

Adam office hand: possibly George Richardson

Watermark

D&CB LAUW

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 191, 221
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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