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SM Adam volume 43/100


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


Plan of a rectangular, nine-bay greenhouse, with the central seven bays behind a screen of columns, and accessed by four steps, and the end bays are slightly recessed, contain niches, and have steps to the side. There is a flue inset into the back and side walls of the central seven bays of the building


bar scale of 2 2/5 inches to 10 feet


Plan of a Greenhouse for Osterley Park / 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 (632 x 468)


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


2 / Francis Child Esqr




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



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