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SM Adam volume 54/7/249


[52] Preliminary design for a garden seat, c1783


Rough plan and elevation of a small open fronted, temple, semicircular in plan, with a fluted Doric column to either side, a frieze of ox skulls and swags, and a flat roof surmounted by an urn. There is a bench shown around the inside wall of the pavilion implying that it was intended as some sort of garden seat. There is also a roughly drawn line through the drawing showing that Adam had thought about giving this design a conical roof


not to scale


Lord Mansfield (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1783
    datable to 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (213 x 128)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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