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SM Adam volume 9/179


[1] Preliminary design for a garden seat, 1767, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a garden temple taking the form of hemi-octagon, and containing a segmental-shaped room. The building is a single storey, and a single bay, pedimented with acroteria, and with an arched, open front, screened by Doric columns, with an additional pediment across the top of the screen, and surmounted by a Diocletian window, and with a miniature alternative elevation to the right-hand side, showing the garden seat with no pediments, and crowned by balustrading


to a rough scale

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (186 x 202)


Robert Adam


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



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