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SM Adam volume 21/135


[4] Preliminary design for a conservatory, 1774, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a single-storey, four-bay conservatory, with the right-hand three bays articulated by Doric columns or pilasters, supporting a fluted frieze, and a pediment with three acroteria, and with a central entrance flanked by urn-filled niches, and to the left-hand side is an additional bay containing a door, surmounted by a fluted frieze, and with a pitched roof


not to scale


For Mr Chamiers Garden and measurements given including May be increased to 22

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (139 x 97)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 13
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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