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image SM Adam volume 14/138

Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/138


[4] Finished drawing for a wall for the great dining room, presumed to have been executed, August 1780


Elevation of a wall, with a central chimneypiece, with a Bacchic mask in the tablet, a frieze containing cornucopia, and drops in the stiles, flanked on either side by a door with a frame ornamented with sphinxes. The doors are screened by fluted and barbed Corinthian columns, and the wall is ornamented with figurative panels, a dado of enclosed rosettes, medallions, urns, drops, festoons, and a frieze of sphinxes and urns


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Great Dining room at Cumberland House

Signed and dated

August 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including yellow ochre and black on laid paper (399 x 631)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of Robert Adam


Stillman, 1966, p. 78.
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes



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