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SM Adam volume 40/37


[5] Finished drawing for a greenhouse, 1759, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay pedimented building, with a ten step stylobate, articulated by fluted Corinthian engaged columns, and with tripartite bays articulated by engaged Ionic columns, with the central bay containing a Venetian window. The walls are ornamented with panels of grisaille, and the are three acroteria supporting figurative sculptures


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


A Design for a Green house for Sir Nathaniel Curson at Kedleston / now Lord Scarsdale (in the hand of William Adam) / 45 (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand) and some dimensions given (verso) 1 / Lord Scarsdale

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (665 x 522)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or Laurent-Benoît Dewez, with additions to the title inscription in an office hand and a number inscribed in pencil in an unknown modern curatorial hand


VDL and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 71
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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