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SM Adam volume 19/127


[5] Design for a garden pavilion, 1764, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a circular, domed temple, supported by a square stylobate, with steps leading to a central door with a frieze ornamented with arabesques. The temple also contains three windows alternating with four sculpture-filled niches, and each bay is articulated by an engaged fluted Ionic column. The temple is ornamented with urns, relief panels containing half-figures and griffons, patera, and with a frieze of festoons. There is extensive pencil underdrawing


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1764
    datable to 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (428 x 607)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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