DESIGN FOR LAYING OUT A GARDEN BY THE RIVER SESUPE (LITHUANIA)
The Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw contains a set of five drawings, by an anonymous author, which constitute a design for creating gardens by the River Szeszupa which flows through the province of Samogitia (Lith. name: Sesupe). The design for the garden shows its layout (on a plan shaped almost like a rectangle of around two-thirds of a hectare, leading down to the river bank. The building of the two pavilions was also planned, and these are depicted on the four above-mentioned drawings, signed as follows courtyard (2) side and river elevations. The interiors consisted of only one room with a fireplace and three windows overlooking the river. The entire layout was close in style to the newly emerging type of landscape garden referred to as the Masonic Garden, in which buildings were designated to accommodate meetings of the given Masonic lodge. When signing his acceptance of the blueprint, Ignacy Potocki used his official title of Grand Master of the Grand National Lodge of Great Eastern Poland. Architectural design was purely and austerely neo-Classical in form. It may be assumed that the author of the drawing was the architect Stanislaw Zawadzki (cf.: Lubostron Palace), who worked for Ignacy Potocki, but also collaborated with the count's brother, Stanislaw Kostka Potocki. The design was probably executed around the years 1782-1783.
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