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image SM Adam volume 50/24

Reference number

SM Adam volume 50/24

Purpose

[1] Design for the hall, 1777, as executed

Aspect

Plan and laid-out wall-elevations of a hall, with the elevation for one wall containing a central doorway, surmounted by a fan light and cornice, with a frieze of ox skulls, rosettes and swags. The door is flanked by fluted Corinthian columns, and beyond this there are full-height windows. The elevation for the opposite wall contains a central chimneypiece with volute stiles, with a figurative roundel set above, and all this is flanked by fluted Corinthian columns. Beyond, there are further doors, with overdoor panels ornamented with rosettes and festoons, and above all this there is a frieze of ox skulls and strigilation. The elevation for a wall at one short end shows an aedicule articulated with Doric columns. Within this there is a niche containing a pedestal surmounted by an urn. To the right of the aedicule there is a door, to the left there is a square grotesque panel, and with further ornamental panels set above. The elevation for the wall opposite shows a central niche containing a draped statue. To the left of this there is a further door, and to the right, there is a square panel ornamented with an urn. Above this there are further ornamental panels

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 3 feet

Inscribed

Design for finishing the sides of the Hall at Wormleybury / (and in the hand of William Adam) for Sir Abraham Hume

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 27.th Sept 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (584 x 721)

Hand

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

Verso

Sir Abraham Hume / Wormleybury (brown ink) / (and in ink) Internal Decorations of the House / 7 Plans [_ _ _] no 15

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
Harris, 2001, p. 71
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 26-25, 250, 257
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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