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image SM Adam volume 31/114

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SM Adam volume 31/114


[5] Finished drawing for alternative designs for the octagonal dining room, c1760-61, unexecuted


Section of an octagonal room with a chimneypiece in the central bay with a frieze of fret work and ox skulls, and an aedicular overmantel containing a figurative antique scene. To the left is a door with a console doorframe seen in section. To the right are two windows with diamond-shaped leaded lights - one in section. The wall is ornamented with a frieze of anthemia and calyx


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Octagon Room (verso) Lord Digby

Signed and dated

  • 1760-1761
    datable to c1760-61

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (614 x 411)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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