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image SM Adam volume 49/21

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SM Adam volume 49/21


[44] Finished drawing for the walls of the first drawing room, 1780-85, unexecuted


Elevation of the two side walls, including a screen of two Corinthian columns. The first wall has a chimneypiece ornamented with a half-lion and half-unicorn in the frieze, and surmounted by an overmantel mirror frame ornamented with candle branches, rosettes, urns, anthemia, and surmounted by a lion, a unicorn, and Britannia. There is a window wall to the left, and beyond the screen on the right is a door, with overdoor panels on a nautical theme. The second wall, opposite, shows a corresponding door and nautical overdoor panel, and a further central door opposite the chimneypiece, surmounted by a figurative panel and a pediment


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Drawing Room in Cumberland House

Signed and dated

  • 1780-1785
    date range: 1780-1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (455 x 609)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


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



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