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image SM Adam volume 8/89

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SM Adam volume 8/89


[14] Preliminary design for a carpet for the drawing room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Rough plan of a tripartite, rectangular carpet, divided by bands of lozenges, with a central square compartment containing a central enclosed rosette, encircled by crockets and peltoid shields, and set within a shaped, x-shape accompanied by a lozenge-shaped frame formed of drops of calyx with four oval medallions. The whole is set within a circular frame encircled by festoons, and enclosed rosettes. The central square compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments containing enclosed rosettes and calyx set within a lozenge, and within a circular cross-shaped frame with rinceaux in the corners


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


Duke of Northumberland Drawing Room

Signed and dated

Adelphi June 25t 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (469 x 335)


Robert Adam


XDCB within cartouche


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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