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SM Adam volume 34/108


[5] Finished drawing for a greenhouse, c1774-77, unexecuted


Elevation of a single-storey, three-bay balustraded greenhouse crowned by sculpture, with arched, glassed windows, articulated by fluted Corinthian pilasters and engaged columns, and the central arch takes the form of a Venetian window and is surmounted by a pediment, and the whole has a frieze of rinceaux and a modillioned cornice


bar scale of 4 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of a Greenhouse for David Garrick Esquire at the Villa near Hampton (verso) Elevation of a Green house & of a Br(ew hou covered with repair to paper)se Ornamented Door for David Garrick Es [cropped]

Signed and dated

  • c1774-77
    datable to c1774-77 or earlier, see drawing note

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (518 x 361)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


IV surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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