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SM Adam volume 5/45


[51] Preliminary design for a carpet, c1799, possibly executed


Plan of a tripartite carpet with apsidal ends, and with the central rectangular compartment ornamented with a patera enclosed within an oval band of foil, and a border of contiguous wreaths. Beyond this there is a further oval band of enclosed flora, bordered by Vitruvian scroll, and the corners are ornamented with swags and rosettes enclosed within roundels. The central compartment is flanked by narrow strip compartments, containing wreaths of olive branches enclosing rosettes, and each compartment is bordered with fret. The apsidal ends are ornamented with a part-patera, enclosed within a fan ornamented with calyx


to a scale


Carpet for Sir Abraham Hume’s Great Room / Recess / 2 feet space for Chairs / Purple / slab / Green / yellow / Purple / Yellow / yellow / Green and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1799

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (344 x 585)


Robert Adam


Harris, 1963, p. 56
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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