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SM Adam volume 27/28


[17] Preliminary design for the interior of a temple, 1772, executed with minor alterations


Section through a small circular, domed temple, showing a chimneypiece with a fluted frieze, and a tablet containing an urn, surmounted by a band of festoons, and a circular overmantel mirror frame ornamented with half figures, winged griffons, tubular flowers, calyx, an urn, and anthemia. The chimneypiece is flanked on either side by a window, and the wall is ornamented with a frieze of wreaths, and anthemia, and the dome is ornamented with winged griffons, urns, anthemia, arabesques, rosettes, and medallions, and with pencil-drawn annotations of various details, and an alternative overmantel mirror frame drawn in feint pencil


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Section of Sir John Griffin's Temple (in pencil) / N.B - There is no Chimney in this Temple (in pen)

Signed and dated

  • 21/05/1772
    May - 21st - 1772 / Adelphi

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (488 x 657)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, index p. 2
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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