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SM Adam volume 17/211


[6] Unfinished design for a carpet for the drawing room, not known to have been executed, c1786


Plan of a carpet ornamented with a central patera enclosed within bands of beading, rosettes, and contiguous floral wreaths. Beyond this there is an urn, corner fans enclosed within a band of Vitruvian scroll, and all of this is set within a border of rosettes enclosed by lozenges


bar scale of 5 inches to 10 feet


(in pencil) Carpet Mr Hamilton Drawing room at Brighton / Carpet Mr Hamilton Drawing room at Brightstone (?) / Light Green ground / Light Yellow Ground

Signed and dated

  • c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, pink, lemon yellow and yellow ochre on laid paper (501 x 363)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


Fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 5
Miele, 1998, p. 165
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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