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SM Adam volume 21/125


[6] Preliminary design for a garden seat, c1774-77, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of a single-storey, three-bay garden seat, with a curved apse within the central bay, containing a seat, and ornamented with (faux?) drapery, flanked by sculpture-filled niches, articulated by Doric pilasters, and with a frieze of fluting and medallions, and surmounted by sculpted griffons flanking an urn on a pedestal


not to scale


Mrs Garrick wish'd to have a Private Seat for the [cropped] / Lawn behind the House at Hampton, [ _ _ _ _ _ ] not [cropped] / one be made with the whole ornamt [ _ _ _ ] of [cropped] / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] be part [ _ _ _ _ _ ] a [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] Wall as [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] [cropped] and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1774-77
    datable to c1774-77

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (205 x 200)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'Every Look Speaks': Portraits of David Garrick, The Holburne Museum, Bath, 16 September - 9 December 2003

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