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image SM Adam volume 14/118

Reference number

SM Adam volume 14/118

Purpose

[14] Finished drawing for the music room, c1765-66, executed with minor alterations

Aspect

Laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room with three windows, surmounted by curtain cornices, and two rectangular pier glasses on the north wall, and with a chimneypiece on the south wall opposite, with a rectangular figurative overmantel, and flanked by large rectangular capricci, and in each of the east and west walls is a door, surmounted by an overdoor square grotesque panel, a large central rectangular capriccio, and another rectangular grotesque panel, and the room has a frieze of alternating urns and enclosed rosettes, connected by festoons

Scale

bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design for finishing the Musick Room at Gawthorpe House in Yorkshire. The Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esquire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to 1765-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes on laid paper (529 x 586)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson, but it appears that the painted panels are in the hand of another draughtsman unknown, possibly Antonio Zucchi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Stillman, 1966, pp. 70 and 80
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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