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SM Adam volume 2/114


[19] Preliminary design for a garden building, c1778, not known to have been executed


Upper left - Elevation of a garden building, with a portico articulated by pairs of Ionic columns, and the tympanum is ornamented with a band of Vitruvian scroll and a shield flanked by festoons. Within there is a bench. The building is surmounted by a drum and dome with an oculus, and the drum supports pedestals bearing sphinxes Below - Plan of the portico Right - Plan of the building, showing an internal, colonnaded rotunda Far right - Two alternative elevations of a garden building (pencil) with the top right elevation showing a central entrance surmounted by a tablet ornamented with a medallion. To bottom right there is an elevation showing a single-storey building with a pitched roof and an entrance portico


not to scale


Sir Abraham Hume / Plan to the adjoining Front / 7. feet

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (339 x 232)


Robert Adam


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 226
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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