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SM Adam volume 42/108


[3] Finished drawing for a garden building, 1779, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a three-block, single-storey garden building. The central block comprises a garden temple, with a three-bay front screened by Spalatro order columns, and with paired Spalatro order pilasters in the end bays; surmounted by a fluted frieze and balustraded roof line, and with a rear door giving access to two square, single-bay pavilions, one of which contains an octagonal room with four niches (possibly a pavilion or dairy), and the other contains an oven (possibly a bakehouse), and with rough pencil-drawn annotations, showing boundary walls flanking the pavilions, and vaulted ceilings in each space


bar scale of 2 ½ inches to 10 feet


A Design for Mr Powell (in the hand of William Adam underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 18/07/1779
    Adelphi / 16t. July 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (482 x 369)


Adam office hand, possible Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 227
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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