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SM Adam volume 32/104


[15] Design for the walls for the Etruscan / octagonal dressing room, 1775, possibly executed


Elevation of a wall with a central chimneypiece set within a niche ornamented with vertical bands of beading and bands of enclosed rosettes. Above this a winged griffin is set within a semi-circular compartment with a border of beading, and all this is surrounded by a band of enclosed anthemia. The niche is flanked by a pair of doors with ornamental panels containing rosettes, tripods bearing anthemia, and urns with festoons. The cornice has a frieze of enclosed fluting and calyx and the overdoors form figurative tablets. The doors are flanked by further niches with a central rectangular panel ornamented with robed figures enclosed within a border of calyx, corner fans and a border of beading. Above this there are further winged griffins set within a semi-circular compartment with a borader of beading. Above all this there is a frieze of enclosed fluting and calyx


to a scale


Section of a Room in Apsley House for the Lord Chancellor (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • June 1775
    Adelphi June 27th 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, Indian yellow, black on laid paper (489 x 313)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 43
Harris, 2001(a), p. 352, n.113
Harris, 2001(b), p. 101
Lea, 2005, p. 10
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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