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SM Adam volume 31/113


[4] Finished drawing for alternative designs for the octagonal dining room, c1760-61, unexecuted


Section of an octagonal room, with a deep relieving arch on each wall, with a soffit ornamented either with octagonal coffering containing rosettes, or arabesques above figurative medallions flanked by festoons. The central bay contains a caryatid chimneypiece supporting an aedicular overmantel containing a landscape scene. To the left is a door with a console doorframe seen in section. To the right are two Venetian windows - one in section. The walls are ornamented with military trophies in the spandrels above the relieving arches, and a frieze of anthemia and calyx


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Octagon Room for / The Right Honorable Lord Digby (verso) Lord Digby

Signed and dated

  • 1760-1761
    datable to c1760-61

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (717 x 457)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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