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SM Adam volume 54/1/37


[145] Preliminary design for unknown carpets, c1759-68


Rough plan for a rectangular carpet with a central fan within a lozenge within an oval ornamented with rosettes, and with arabesques around the edges and cornucopia in the corners


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1759-1768
    date range: 1759-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (472 x 246)


Robert Adam


LVG and garter cartouche surmounted by fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 2001, p. 337
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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