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image SM Adam volume 17/197

Reference number

SM Adam volume 17/197

Purpose

[12] Design for a carpet for the dining room, 1778, possibly executed

Aspect

Plan of a tripartite carpet, with a central square compartment, ornamented with a rosette, encircled by a fan and a band of guilloche. This is enclosed within an octagonal border of Vitruvian scroll and beyond this there are panels ornamented with festoons, and corner wreaths containing urns. The central compartment is flanked by rectangular strip compartments ornamented with rosettes, enclosed within a contiguous hexagonal band. The compartments are bordered by bands of fret with corner rosettes

Scale

bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design of a Carpet for the Eating room at Wormleybury (underwritten in pencil) / faint pencil inscription

Signed and dated

18th Augst 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including verdigris, Indian yellow, violet and pink (576 x 436)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison

Watermark

D & C BLAUW

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
Harris, 1963, p. 52
Harris, 2001, p. 342, 342 n.77
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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