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SM Adam volume 6/117


[2] Design for a garden seat, c1770, unexecuted


Elevation of a single-storey, three-bay garden seat, with a curved recess in the central bay, ornamented with a fan, and an inscription panel, and containing a curved bench, ornamented with a tablet of strigillation, and the central bay is flanked by narrow end bays, supported by projecting pedestals containing tablets of festoons, and above are urn-filled niches, and the whole is surmounted by a frieze of festoons, with figurative tablets above the end bays


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (327 x 230)


Robert Adam


XD&BS within a cartouche



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