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SM Adam volume 49/53


[14] Design for a carpet for the great room, c1767


Plan showing two alternative patterns for a carpet. Half is composed of guilloche, with a lozenge motif border, and the other half is roll work scrolls with the same lozenge border


to a scale


Sketch of a Carpet Unknown (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including verdigris, pink and red on laid paper (704 x 481)


Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Stillman, 1966, pp. 107-8
Harris, 2001, p. 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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