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SM Adam volume 44/43


[6] Design for the greenhouse, c1773, unexecuted


Elevation of a single-storey building, with a three-bay pedimented central block, with a central Palladian window, flanked by arched windows, and each bay articulated by engaged columns with lotus leaf capitals, and with a roundel and festoons in the tympanum of the pediment. The central block is flanked by five-bay links, with pitched roofs, and each bay containing an arched window, and beyond the links are single-bay pavilions, with pitched roofs, and each containing a single door


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Green House, Hot House &c. For Richard Oswald Esqr (underscored in pencil) / A / A / A / N / N.B. the Columns markt A are to be Pilasters and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1773
    datable to c1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (661 x 512)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


1 / 1 / Green house, hot house &c for Richard Oswald Esqr


XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 6
King, 1992, Volume II, p. 216
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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