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SM Adam volume 19/141


[2] Design for a garden seat, 1767, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a garden temple taking the form of a 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 lotus capital columns and pilasters


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Garden Seat For the Right Honble Lord Viscount Lisburne and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    1767 (in pencil)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (316 x 455)


Adam office hand


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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