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SM Adam volume 17/168


[4] Design for a carpet, c1763-66


Detail of a carpet, ornamented with guilloche enclosing rosettes, and a border of figure-of-eight acanthus leaves, and calyx, and with pencil-drawn annotations


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Carpet for Sir Laurence Dundass Baronet / (and in pencil in the hand of A.T. Bolton) (1763-5) Arlington Street? / To Design for a Carpet for the Saloon / To [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] in [ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] the [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / (RA Bill 1766) / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] Moor Park

Signed and dated

  • 1763-1766
    date range: 1763-66

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured wash including Indian red, cerulean blue and Indian yellow on laid paper (575 x 438)


Adam office hand, with pencil annotations in the hand of Arthur Bolton


It has been suggested that this carpet was intended for the gallery (now the dining room), but it may also have been the 'bed carpet' for Lady Dundas, included in Adam's bill for designs for Moor Park, at a cost of £1. It is not known if this design was executed.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953

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