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SM Adam volume 19/129


[3] Design for a garden pavilion, 1764, unexecuted


Elevation of a circular, domed temple, supported by a square stylobate, with steps leading to a central door within an architrave ornamented with arabesques and consoles, flanked by fluted Ionic columns supporting a pediment, and with a frieze of festoons, and the stylobate ornamented with urns


bar scale of 9/10 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    1764 (in feint pencil)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (432 x 603)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Scara or Benedetto Napoletano


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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