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SM Adam volume 32/27


[19] Design for a temple, 1774, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a single-storey, octagonal temple, with a domed roof, a central door within a relieving arch, and flanked by Doric columns supporting a small portico, flanked by windows surmounted by medallions, and with a fluted frieze, and the other bays within the temple each contain a niche


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Design for converting the present Water House at Mamhead into the / form of an Ancient Temple for Lord Viscount Lisburne (Lord Viscount in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 01/10/1774
    Adelphi 1st October / 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (376 x 514)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 222
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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