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SM Adam volume 19/169


[20] Design for a garden building, 1779, not known to have been executed


Elevation of a single-story, balustraded building, with a central projecting pedimented entrance. The pediment is supported by Ionic pilasters, and the stepped entrance has a volute cornice, with a frieze ornamented with a roundel flanked by swags. Above this there is a figurative tablet. The central projecting bay is flanked by half-bays with Ionic pilasters and niches containing urns with medallions set above, and the building has a frieze of rosettes and fluting


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 5 feet


Back front of the Garden Building

Signed and dated

  • Jan 1779
    7th Janry 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (378 x 349)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison


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


This drawing is incorrectly inscribed, as it clearly shows the principal elevation, not the rear.


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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