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Robert Morris, Select Architecture Being Regular Designs Of Plans And Elevations Well Suited To Both Town And Country: In Which The Magnificence And Beauty, The Purity And Simplicity Of Designing, For Every Species Of That Noble Art, Is Accurately Treated, And With Great Variety Exemplified, From The Plain Town-House To The Stately Hotel, And In The Country From The Genteel And Convenient Farm-House To The Parochial Church: With Suitable Embellishments: Also Bridges, Baths, Summer-Houses, &c. to All which Such Remarks, Explanations and Scales are Annexed, that the Comprehension is Rendered Easy, and Subject Most Agreeable, (London: Sold by Robert Sayer, 1755), pl. 37.

Description of the plate given on page 6 of the text: “A little Building intended for Retirement, or for a Study, to be placed in some agreeable Part of a Park or Garden, the middle Part is 34 Feet in Front and 40 Feet in Depth, and the 2 Scaline Buildings 16 Feet 6 Inches each in Front, and 34 Feet deep.—The Principal or Ground Floor is 16 Feet 6 Inches high, and the Attick 10 Feet, the opposite Front to that in the Plate is proposed to be without Dress or Ornament, and a Door under the Stairs the common Communication. The whole Expence of this Building will amount to 1089l.”

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