Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [121] Finished drawing for an orangery greenhouse, c1767-80, executed with minor alterations


  • image SM Adam volume 43/99

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/99


[121] Finished drawing for an orangery greenhouse, c1767-80, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a one-storey, nine-bay greenhouse, with a pitched roof, and resting on a shallow stylobate of four steps, and the central seven bays are articulated by Doric columns, are glazed, and surmounted by a pediment with a wreath and arabesques in the tympanum, and with three acroteria supporting figurative sculpture, and the end bays slightly recessed, articulated by Doric pilasters, and containing sculpture-filled niches, and the whole has a Doric frieze


bar scale of 2 2/5 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Green House for Osterley Park Middlesex / one of the Seats of Francis Child Esqr (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1767-1774
    date range: 1767-74

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (654 x 493)


Adam office hand, probably William Hamilton, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 350
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).