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SM Adam volume 34/23


[31] Finished drawing for the great drawing room, 1779, unexecuted


Plan and laid out wall elevations of a rectangular, coved room, with three windows, and two rectangular pier glasses on one wall. Opposite is a central aedicular door, flanked by chimneypieces with fluted tapering pilaster stiles, fluted friezes, and foliate tablets, surmounted by square overmantel mirror frames, with a frieze of anthemia. The cove is ornamented with guilloche enclosing rosettes and medallions. The room is flanked by rectangular coved lobbies with apsidal ends, each screened by two fluted Corinthian columns, and beyond is a central door surrounded by grisaille panels. Each lobby has a window in one apse, and a figurative sculpture in the other, and the apse heads are ornamented with square coffering enclosing patera and medallions, and the coves of the lobbies are ornamented with figurative panels, and grotesque panels containing urns and rinceau


bar scale of 3 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Great Drawing Room at Saxham the Seat of Mr Hutchinson Mure (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and cerulean blue wash on laid paper (892 x 589)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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