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image SM Adam volume 1/163

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SM Adam volume 1/163


[55] Preliminary design for bookcases for the gallery, c1763-68, unexecuted


Elevations for tripartite bookcases, articulated by Corinthian pilasters, and ornamented with panels in the upper register containing roundels, surmounted by festoons, and with a frieze of fret. The left-hand alternative contains an sculpture-filled niche in the central bay


to a scale


some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1763-68
    datable to c1763-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and lemon yellow and Indian red washes on laid paper (403 x 167)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Stillman, 1966, p. 64
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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