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SM Adam volume 35/11


[82] Finished drawing for the 2nd drawing room (now the cinnamon drawing room), 1766-69, executed with alterations


Plan and laid out wall elevations, of a rectangular room, with a coved ceiling ornamented with fluting, enclosed rosettes and anthemia, lozenges of calyx, winged sphinxes, and medallions, with three arched windows surmounted by voluted curtain cornices, and four rectangular pier glasses on the south wall, and on the north wall opposite is a central chimneypiece, flanked by doors, and with a single door on the southern end of the east and west walls, and the chimneypiece, doors, and walls have friezes of anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Library at Gawthorpe the Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esqr (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1766-69
    date range: 1766-69

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (906 x 642)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Mauchline, 1992, p. 70
Harris, 2001, p. 143
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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