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SM Adam volume 4/28


[1] Preliminary design for a garden seat, c1770, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of a single-storey, three-bay garden seat, with a curved recess in the central bay, ornamented with a fan, and containing a curved bench, and the central bay is flanked by narrow end bays, supported by projecting pedestals containing inscription panels, and articulated by engaged Doric columns, between which are bust-filled niches, and these end bays are surmounted by urns on pedestals ornamented with enclosed rosettes, and the elevation is set within a landscape


not to scale


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (182 x 143)


Robert Adam


rough calculations


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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