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image SM Adam volume 49/18

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SM Adam volume 49/18


[53] Finished drawing for the walls for the third drawing room, 1780-85, unexecuted


Section showing the chimney wall, with a central chimneypiece ornamented with figurative panels, and surmounted by candelabra, and an overmantel mirror frame. The walls are ornamented with Corinthian pilasters either side of a door, grotesque panels, figurative panels, and a frieze of arabesques


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Drawing Room for the Duke of Cumberland

Signed and dated

date range: 1780-85

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including verdigris and Indian yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (462 x 607)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
Stillman, 1966, p. 78
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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