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image SM Adam volume 40/23

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SM Adam volume 40/23


[82] Finished drawing for the walls of the dining room, 1762


Section, showing the cornice and dado in profile, and showing a side (west) wall elevation, with a central semicircular-headed recess ornamented with a fan, flanked on either side by a console door. The wall is ornamented with a frieze of calyx and urns, and roundels


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Section of Dining Room at Kiddleston for Lord Scarsdale / 23 (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand) / Original SK Vol54(3) (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson)

Signed and dated

datable to 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (528 x 375)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 18-19
Harris, 1963, pp. 63-64
Stillman, 1966, p. 67
Harris, 1987, p. 30
Harris, 2007, p. 43
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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