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SM Adam volume 17/202


[24] Preliminary design for a carpet for the chapel, 1780, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular carpet, shown within a plan of the chapel; with a circular recess at one end, and a rectangular recess at the other; and with engaged columns around the walls. The carpet is ornamented with connected lozenges, between which are semicircular compartments. The lozenges contain enclosed rosettes within lozenge-shaped frames of wreaths, and the semicircles contain segmental rosettes, encircled by fans of trefoils, and with bordering bands of rosettes enclosed within trefoils. The design is partly colour-washed to show two different colour schemes


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Carpet for the Chapel at Alnwick Castle, in two different ways / A/ B / one full half of the Original finished / Design of a Carpet for the Chapel of Alnwick (in pencil) / in two different ways (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 05/12/1780
    Adelphi / 5th. Decr. 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including terre verte and pink on laid paper (608 x 460)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, Index p. 47
Harris, 2001, pp. 91, 344
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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