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image SM Adam volume 17/201

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/201

Purpose

[25] Record drawing for a carpet for the circular pew in the chapel, 1780; it is not known if this design was executed

Aspect

Plan of a circular carpet, shown within a circular recess with a further rectangular recess on one side. The carpet is ornamented with a central enclosed rosette, encircled by waterleaf, enclosed anthemia, a circular frame of large lobes containing enclosed calyx, rosettes and acanthus, and between the lobes are trefoils, and with a border of calyx enclosed within quatrefoils

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Carpet for the Circular Recess, or Pew in the Chapel / at Alnwick Castle / N.B. The whole of the Original was finished

Signed and dated

5th. Decr. [cropped] datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including terre verte and Indian red on laid paper (587 x 430)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison

Literature

Harris, 1963, Index p. 47
Harris, 2001, pp. 90, 344
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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