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SM Adam volume 30/94


[1] Finished drawing for a greenhouse, c1762-92, unexecuted


Plan of a five-by-four-bay rectangular greenhouse, with the principal front, and the front three bays of the sides divided by piers ornamented with engaged columns, and glazed, and with a single bay to the rear enclosed, with three windows at the back, and containing a flue within the separating wall to provide heat for plants


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Green House for Sir Edward Dering Bart (for Sir Edward Dering Bart in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1762-1792
    date range: 1762-92

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (638 x 483)


Adam office hand


This to be placed twenty first (in red pen) / 3 / Green house for Sir Edward Dering Baronet / 21 (in pencil)


XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 225
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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