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SM Adam volume 50/67


[12] Finished drawing for the interior decoration of the library, c1768, probably as executed with alterations


Plan and laid out wall elevations of the library. Plan of a rectangular room with a canted bay with windows facing north; the placement of the bookcases is shown in brown against the walls. Four elevations show: an uninterrupted frieze of festoons and rosettes, bookcases with fluted friezes and Ionic pilasters ornamented with guilloche, each surmounted by a stucco medallion, a chimneypiece and doors both with corbels atop the stiles and a frieze of festoons and rosettes, and with overmantel and overdoor ruinscapes. The crimson curtains on the five windows are drawn up into gilded cornices decorated with a central anthemia and flanking calyx


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


Design for finishing the Library at Saltram. The Seat of John Parker Esquire. Plan of the library and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and olive green within a single ruled border on laid paper (645 x 920)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 27
Beard, 1978, p.62
For full literature references see scheme notes.



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