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image SM Adam volume 50/74

Reference number

SM Adam volume 50/74

Purpose

[3] Finished drawing for a drawing room, 1767, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan and laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room, with a bow of three windows on one wall, flanked by a further window to either side, and each window has a curtain cornice ornamented with calyx crockets, and on the wall opposite is a chimneypiece with ornamental pilaster stiles, and surmounted by a rectangular overmantel mirror surmounted by an urn flanked by winged griffons, and the chimneypiece is flanked by doors articulated by Ionic pilasters ornamented with scrolled hearts, and with friezes of festoons, calyx and anthemia, and with rectangular figurative overdoor panels, and the side walls contain arches recesses, ornamented with scrolled hearts, and containing benches, tripartite mirrors, divided by terms, and surmounted by ornamental semicircular fans of plasterwork, and the arches are flanked by oval mirrors with candle branched, surmounted by medallions, and with a frieze of anthemia

Scale

bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

DESIGN of a Drawing Room for Sir Fletcher Norton Baronet at his House near Guildford in Surry / Wonersh (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand, possibly Arthur Bolton) / PLAN of the ROOM and some measurements given

Signed and dated

Robt Adam Architect 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink and cerulean blue washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (644 x 918)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi

Verso

29 (in pencil) / Room for Sr Fletcher Norton Baronet at Wonersh

Watermark

D&CBLAUW and XD&CB within a cartouche

Notes

None of Adam's designs for Wonersh were executed. See scheme notes.

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 31
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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