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SM Adam volume 19/167


[21] Design for a garden building, 1778, not known to have been executed


Above - Rear elevation of a single-storey, balustraded building, with a central Venetian window, articulated by Ionic columns. Above this there is a key stone ornamented with a mask, flanked by festoons and cameos. All this is flanked by paired Ionic pilasters and niches containing urns. The capitals contain roundels enclosing rosettes, and there is a frieze of fluting Below - Plan of a one-by-one-bay building, with columnar screens set before apses containing niches, and with a tripartite window


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 5 feet


Plan & Elevation of a Design for a Garden Building for Sir Abraham Hume Baronet and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Nov 1778
    13. Nov. 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (373 x 536)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 183-84, 210, 226
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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