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Preliminary design for a carpet for Lady Coventry's dressing room, 1767, as executed (1)


The needlework carpet, made to this design for Lady Coventry's octagonal dressing room was acquired by the De Young Fine Art Museum in San Francisco in 1989. Adam designed the carpet in 1767 to echo the ceiling, and according to Harris, 'it is thought to have been worked on by Lady Coventry herself'.

Adam provided Lord Coventry with this design in March 1767, and charged him £5.5s. for the design, and £4.4s. for a working drawing. No presentation or working drawings for the carpet survive.



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