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SM Adam volume 39/19


[21] Finished drawing for a family tree mural on the wall of the chapel, 1777, some variant of this design was executed


Wall elevation with three pointed arches ornamented with crockets and finials; ornamented with portraits in medieval dress supported by pedestals, and set within pyramidal-topped canopies, flanking a family tree; and the tree is surmounted by lozenges containing enclosed rosettes and shields


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 1 foot


Design for Finishing the Pannells in the Chapel at Alnwick. containing the / Pedigree of the Family proposed to be partly done in Stucco & partly / in Painting

Signed and dated

  • 1777
    R. Adam Archt 1777.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink, cerulean blue and Indian yellow on laid paper (445 x 535)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Worsley, 1988, p. 78
Harris, 2001, pp. 89, 90, 343
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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