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image SM Adam volume 43/101

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/101

Purpose

[126] Finished drawing for a greenhouse, 1780, executed with alterations

Aspect

Plan and elevation of a one-storey, eleven-bay, segmental-shaped greenhouse, with a half-conical roof flanked by chimney stacks in the shape of sarcophagi. The segmental front is articulated by Ionic pilasters, and with an arched window in the third, sixth, and ninth bays, and with the second, fourth, fifth, seventh, eight, and tenth bays containing rectangular windows, with oval medallions above. The end bays are without windows but ornamented with an oval medallion. The central three bays are flat, and surmounted by a pediment with three acroteria, and the straight back wall contains a flue

Scale

bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

2d Design of a Green House for Osterley Park /the Seat of Francis Child Esqr (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 1s April 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (327 x 487)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Verso

3 / Number 19 (in red pen)

Watermark

IV

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 224
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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