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SM Adam volume 54/3/3


[81] Preliminary design for the walls of the dining room, 1762


Rough elevation of a side (west) wall with a central semicircular-headed recess, ornamented with a fan and enclosed rosettes in the semi-dome, flanked on one side by a door with a frieze supported by consoles. The wall is ornamented with a frieze of festoons and a figurative overdoor roundel. To the right-hand side of the sheet is an alternative design for caryatid, or term, pedimented door surmounted by a rectangular panel containing a bucranium, and an overdoor roundel


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    datable to 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (197 x 132)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 18-19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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