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SM Adam volume 40/39


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


Axial section through a one-storey building with a false pediment, pitched roof, doors and stairs to front a rear, and a window in the side wall. The principal front is shown with a giant, fluted Corinthian column and Ionic column supporting the pediment and doorways, leading into the principal space, with a coved ceiling, contains tiered staging for plants, and a wall containing three flues behind. The rear space, in which the furnace would presumably be kept, also has an ornamental cornice implying that it was for use as more than a storage space


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Green house for Sr Nathl Curson Bart at Kedleston / now Lord Scarsdale (in the hand of William Adam) / 47 (in a modern curatorial hand) (verso) 3 / Green house

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes of pink and Naples yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (475 x 509)


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, also with very rough pencil annotations in an unknown hand


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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