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Photographic copy of plan, section and South and West elevations of conservatory. Digital image of MLD/1/13/p.

SC 769710

Description Photographic copy of plan, section and South and West elevations of conservatory. Digital image of MLD/1/13/p.

Date 1947

Catalogue Number SC 769710

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of MLD 1/13 P

Scope and Content Plan, section and south and west elevations of Conservatory (orangery), Arniston House, Midlothian This shows the south and west elevations of the c.1753 orangery along with plan and section views. A row of large arched windows and an arched doorway form the façade, with a Venetian window (central arched window flanked by smaller flat-topped windows) in the shorter end walls. The earliest types of hothouses were the 'orangeries' and 'stoves' of the 1700s, which were heated by open fires. Heated walls for growing fruit were also common, with trees protected by oiled paper or glass. By the mid-1800s it was possible to manufacture larger panes of glass which allowed the construction of huge conservatories supported by cast iron frames. Arniston House, the seat of the Dundas family, was built in the Palladian style from 1726 onwards by architect William Adam (1689-1748) on the site of a c.1600 U-plan tower-house. His son John (1721-92) added the west wing and orangery in 1753. The house was further altered during the 19th century, and comprises a central three-storeyed block with flanking two-storeyed service pavilions joined to the main building by two-storeyed links. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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