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SM Adam volume 21/127


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


Rough part plan, elevation and profile of a single-storey, seven-by-three-bay conservatory, on a deep stylobate with a central staircase on the principal and side fronts, with a hipped, glazed roof, and the central five bays articulated by terms, and with slightly projecting end bays articulated by Doric pilasters, and surmounted by an attic ornamented with an enclosed rosette and festoons, and surmounted by an urn, and each bay contains an arched window


not to scale


Conservatory for Antony (sic) Chamier Esqr at Epsom / One End of the Conservatory / from 30 to 40 feet long & from 20 to 24 Wide

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (190 x 308)


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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