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image SM Adam volume 49/54

Reference number

SM Adam volume 49/54


[14] Design for the scagliola floor in the ante room, c1761-62, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular compartmental floor divided by bands of guilloche, and with a colonnade of square columns around the edge, and with a central octagonal compartment containing a central rosette encircled by irregular octagons enclosing rosettes, and a circular band of scrolled hearts, and with outer hexagonal compartments containing paterae enclosed by an oval of Vitruvian scroll, and rectangular compartments containing patterns of squares enclosing rosettes in half of the floor, and overlapping circles enclosing rosettes in the other half


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Carpet (incorrect and in the hand of William Adam) / Sion House Scagliola Floor in Ante Room (in pencil the hand of Sir John Summerson

Signed and dated

  • 1761-62
    datable to c1761-62

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including olive green and Indian red on laid paper (593 x 479)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam, and additional inscription in the hand of Sir John Summerson


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



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