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image SM Adam volume 19/149

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SM Adam volume 19/149


[53] Record drawing for a pavilion, 1770, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a one-storey, three-bay rectangular building, with domed, apsidal ends of three-bays, and a deep portico of four square Spalatro columns supporting a frieze of enclosed anthemia, a pediment, and a pitched roof. The tympanum of the pediment contains a medallion of a bird. Within the portico the walls are articulated by Spalatro pilasters and engaged columns, with a door surmounted by a fan-light in the central bay, and with semicircular-headed urn-filled niches surmounted by a frieze of urns, and medallions in the outer bays


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    1770 (in pencil)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (405 x 603)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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