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image SM Adam volume 40/19

Reference number

SM Adam volume 40/19

Purpose

[68] Preliminary design for the saloon, 1760, executed with alterations

Aspect

Five-bay wall elevation of a circular room, each bay articulated by a semicircular-headed alcove, two with semi-domes ornamented with lozenge-shaped-coffering, and the other three alcoves containing pedimented doors with Corinthian architraves surmounted by pencil-drawn urns and seated female figures. Between the alcoves are urn-filled rectangular recesses. The upper wall is articulated by Ionic pilasters, and ornamented with roundels, figurative and grisaille panels, and a frieze of oval panels, figures, urns and swags. The domed ceiling is ornamented with octagonal coffering containing pencil-drawn rosettes

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

Section of the Saloon at Kiddleston for Lord Scarsdale (verso) This to be placed sixth / 6 (in pencil) / Plan + Elevation of the Saloon at Kiddleston / 2

Signed and dated

datable to 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (932 x 819)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or Laurent-Benoît Dewez, with pencil annotations in the hand of Robert Adam, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Watermark

D&CBEAUW and DCB within a crowned garter cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
Stillman, 1966, p. 110
Beard, 1978, p. 57
Hardy, 1978, p. 197
Harris, 2001, p. 39
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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