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SM Adam volume 49/24


[50] Preliminary design for the walls for the second drawing room, 1780-85, unexecuted


Elevation of the wall opposite the chimney wall, with three mirror frames, with a sofa in front of each. Between the sofas are two doors with naval overdoor panels, and the wall is ornamented with Corinthian pilasters, two panels containing a half-lion and half-unicorn either side of a shell, and a frieze of urns, festoons, and arabesques


to a scale


1st drawing Room in Cumberland House Pallmall

Signed and dated

  • 1780-1785
    date range: 1780-1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (459 x 584)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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