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  • image SM Adam volume 17/207

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/207


[15] Record drawing for a carpet for the great dining room in an Etruscan style, presumed to have been executed, 1780


Plan of a tripartite carpet, with an attached flier showing a hearth slab, and a central square compartment, and bordering rectangular compartments, divided by a band of scrolled hearts and a screens of two columns. The square contains a rosette encircled by bands of enclosed anthemia, tubular flowers, a wreath with poppy buds, and military trophies, flanked by bordering bands of anthemia, enclosed rosettes, and arabesques. The rectangles contain urns encircled by wreaths


bar scale 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Carpet for the Great Dining Room at Cumberland House / folding alteration (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • October 1780
    Adelphi / Oct 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and coloured washes including yellow ochre and black on laid paper (422 x 636)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Harris, 1963, Index p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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