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  • image SM Adam volume 19/155

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SM Adam volume 19/155


[25] Finished drawing for a fountain, 1776, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a spring, composed of a rectangular stylobate, with three steps to either side flanked by sculpted sphinxes, with a central segmental pool for the spring water at the front, with a central lion mask fountain head, and to the rear is a segmental ruined single-storey, three-bay temple, articulated by fluted Doric pilasters and engaged columns, with an arch in the central bay, surmounted by a pediment, and ornamented with a rectangular figurative panel, flanked by medallions in the openings in the end bays


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Rustick Building proposed t be built near a Spring of Water / at Mamhead The Seat of The Earl of Lisburne and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 22/11/1776
    22nd Novr 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (408 x 627)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 222
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Visions of Ruin: Architectural fantasies & designs for garden follies, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 2 July - 28 August 1999

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