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SM Adam volume 17/116


[21] Preliminary design for a curtain cornice for the dining room, unexecuted, 24 June 1779


Elevation of a detail of the curtain cornice, ornamented with trefoil panels enclosing flowers, and surmounted by a tower enclosed within a garland


to a scale


Curtain Cornice for the Eating-room at Weald Hall

Signed and dated

  • June 1779
    24t June 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (274 x 128)


Robert Adam, and title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


The tower surmounting the curtain cornice of this design appears to be a play on the patron's name. This drawing may be a reproduction of the Belvedere Tower in the park, altered by Thomas Tower in 1752, and which acted as a viewing tower and a heraldic symbol of the family. The Belvedere Tower has been demolished and only the mound and steps survive.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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