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image SM Adam volume 5/32

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SM Adam volume 5/32


[14] Preliminary design for a carpet for the great dining room in an Etruscan style, presumed to have been executed, 1780


Plan of half a rectangular carpet, with a central square compartment, and a bordering rectangular compartment, divided by a band of scrolled hearts and a screen of two columns. The square contains a central rosette, encircled by bands of enclosed anthemia, figure-of-eight vines, and military trophies, and a bordering band of anthemia, and enclosed rosettes. The rectangle contains urns within wreaths


to a scale


Orange / A Black (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1780
    datable to 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (322 x 334)


Robert Adam



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