Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand Equally / divided / 3 ft / bla / 3 ft / white / 2 ft / 1 1/2 / 2 ft / here a border of black 2 ft. wide / a border of black / 3 steps white / black border
Lettered in floor pattern VI.MAL.Y
verso inscribed in pencil leaving for / Dreghorn
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
Pen, pencil, grey, blue, yellow, brown and pink washes
427 x 272
James Adam (attributed to)
Small details in pencil of rosettes and panels.
There is a less complete version of the circular plan here in Adam vol.7/11. This drawing is part of a group of drawings of various floor patterns for James Adam's Parliament House scheme, see Adam vol.7/5-7, 9-12, 72 and 74-76. The detail of this aspect of the scheme would suggest that these drawings were executed in the 1763 period. The hall shown here is identified in the plan in Adam vol.7/2 of 1760 as a 'Court of Tryals' . The notes are written in a small neat hand, probably that of James Adam, and the drawing may well be his too. However, the note on the verso 'Dreghorn' could refer to a Scottish draughtsman or to the eighteenth-century building near Edinburgh.
The lettering on the floor is part of the motto of the Order of the Garter: 'Honi soit qui mal y pense'.
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