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SM Adam volume 27/86


[46] Preliminary design for the walls for the second drawing room, 1780-85, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-bay window wall, and the end wall opposite. The windows are surmounted by swags and royal coats of arms, and the end wall has an apse screened by two Corinthian columns. Both walls are ornamented with Corinthian pilasters, and a frieze of arabesques. The window wall has a pier table, with caryatid legs, supporting a pier glass frame, surmounted by sculpted female figures. On the opposite wall, either side of the apse is a small oval medallion surmounted by two griffons


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Side opposite the window Second Drawing room Cumberland House / Green and Gold / Light yellow / Light purple / Green and Gold / White and Light Yellow / Dark Green / Window Side of Second Drawing room / Light purple ground for [rubbed out illegible word] or Gold / Cumberland House

Signed and dated

  • 1780-1785
    date range: 1780-1785

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (395 x 594)


Robert Adam


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



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