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SM Adam volume 19/132


[7] Finished drawing for a garden pavilion, 1764, unexecuted


Elevation of a circular, domed temple, supported by a square stylobate, with stairs leading to a central door, with a frieze of arabesques, flanked by sculpture-filled niches, and each bay articulated by engaged fluted Ionic columns. The temple is ornamented with urns, relief panels containing half-figures, griffons, and scrolled hearts, patera, and with a frieze of festoons


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of an Ionic Temple for [name scratched out] and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    R.A. 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (442 x 602)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


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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