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Reference number

SM Adam volume 40/38


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


Side elevation of a one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay building, with a pitched roof surmounted by acroteria supporting figurative sculptures, with rectangular windows on the ground floor, and half-height windows above, and with steps to the rear, and a fluted Corinthian column and the stylobate continued by a low wall


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


One End of the Green house for Sir Nathaniel Curson Bart at Kedleston / now Scarsdale (in the hand of William Adam) / 46 (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand) (verso) 2 / Lord Scarsale / 2 / Kedleston / Green House

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (484 x 596)


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


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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