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image SM Adam volume 17/172

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SM Adam volume 17/172


[54] Variant designs for a carpet for the gallery, 1768, unexecuted until the 1970s


Plan of a detail of a rectangular carpet with a border of fret and guilloche enclosing rosettes, and the central compartment composed of rosettes enclosed by strigils. To the right-hand side are shown variants of the central pattern on a larger scale, and rosettes alternating with anthemia enclosed by lozenges


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Carpet for the Gallery at Sion (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) For Mr Adams Grosvenor Street

Signed and dated

datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including terre verte, Prussian blue and red on laid paper (583 x 445)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Harris, 1963, Index p. 52
Stillman, 1966, p. 107
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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