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SM Adam volume 1/251


[2] Design for a garden seat, 1774, unexecuted


Plan and elevation showing alternative designs for a garden seat. Both designs have a one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay, pedimented central block, with an open arch screened by two Doric columns, and ornamented with roundels and a fluted frieze with a tablet of festoons, and the central block is flanked by single-storey, single-bay projecting bays, with a lean-to roof. In plan both designs are segmental, with a bench running around the back, curved wall, but one alternative has a peristyle around the curved front, and the other has two columns terminating the projection from the central block, without continuing into a peristyle


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (289 x 415)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


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



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