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image SM Adam volume 17/184

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SM Adam volume 17/184


[37] Preliminary design for a carpet for the great drawing room, 1775, as executed


Plan of a tripartite rectangular carpet, divided by bands of rosettes, enclosed within lozenges, and with anthemia in between, and slightly recessed at each end, and to either side are a central square compartment, and flanking rectangular compartments, each with a border of Greek key fret, and the central square has a central rosette, encircled by a fluted frame, and within a square frame of rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight ribbons, with a small arabesque on each side, and set within a large reed and ribbon arrangement of guilloche, with a segmental rosette encircled within a fan on each side, and with a tazza in each corner, supported by a further segmental band of reed and ribbon, with an apron of swags and an oil lamp, and the whole is set within a border of Greek key fret, and rosettes enclosed within figure-of-eight wreaths. The flanking rectangular compartments contain three segmental compartments, with naturalistic anthemia in between, and each compartment contains a segmental rosette, encircled by a fan, and a border of reed and ribbon


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of a Carpet for Lord Stanleys Great room

Signed and dated

  • 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (608 x 432)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 38
Harris, 1963, Index p. 55
Stillman, 1966, p. 74
Harris, 2001, p. 363
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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