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SM Adam volume 4/33


[36] Preliminary design for a garden seat for Lady Scarsdale c1760-70, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a small circular building, with five bays on the visible side, with semicircular-headed windows between terms, and above a tiled roof supporting a drum ornamented with medallions and festoons, and a dome


not to scale


Seat of Wood & Canvass for Lady Scarsdale / in the Garden at Kedleston / 12ft Dr at Bottom

Signed and dated

  • 1760-1770
    date range: 1760-70

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (190 x 244)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 208-10
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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