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SM Adam volume 44/11


[5] Design for a garden temple, c1760-61, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-bay, domed temple, supported by a shallow stylobate, and with an open front, screened by two Corinthian columns, supporting a blank tablet, and a pediment with a central acroterion, and with a charioteer in the tympanum. The screen is flanked by panels containing ram masks and figure-of-eight vines, enclosed patera, festoons, and with a frieze of arabesques


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


2d Design of a Temple for the Earl of Portmore (in the hand of William Adam) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1760-61
    datable to c1760-61

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (360 x 512)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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