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SM Adam volume 27/90


[43] Unfinished preliminary design for the walls of the first drawing room, 1780-85, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-bay window wall, and the wall opposite, with two windows surmounted by the royal coat of arms, swags, and lion masks, flanking a pier table, surmounted by a pier glass frame, and with a tripod candelabra to the right-hand side. The opposite wall has a central apse, screened by two Corinthian columns, surmounted by a frieze of anthemia, a lion and a unicorn, and the wall is ornamented with Corinthian pilasters


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Window side of first Drawing Room Cumberland House / Side opposite Window / Dark Green and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1780-1785
    date range: 1780-1785

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (347 x 586)


Robert Adam


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



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