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SM Adam volume 40/14


[140] Preliminary design for the walls of the book room, 1768, unexecuted


Section, with cornice and dado shown in profile, and showing the elevation for a three-bay wall, with a central door with a frieze of lozenges surmounted by a rectangular figurative overdoor panel, and flanked on either side by bookcases. The wall is articulated by semicircular-headed recesses between Doric pilasters, and the wall is ornamented with roundels and a frieze of lozenges


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Library at Kiddleston. Second Design for Lord Scarsdale / PHILOSOPHY / DIVINITY

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris and pink on laid paper (605 x 504)


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


D&B within crowned garter cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
Harris, 1987, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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