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image SM Adam volume 17/185

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SM Adam volume 17/185


[48] Preliminary design for a carpet for the Etruscan dressing room, 1775; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a square carpet, with apsidal ends containing a segmental rosette, encircled by a fan enclosing calyx, and the central square contains a rosette, encircled within a shaped octagonal frame, with a rosette within a band of scrolled hearts in each corner, and this is enclosed within an octagonal frame of lion masks and guilloche, encircled by festoons, and a large circular wreath of calyx, surmounted by paired birds, and interrupted by enclosed rosettes, and with triangular compartments in each corner, containing urns flanked by swags, and the whole carpet has a border of Vitruvian scroll


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of a Carpet for Lord Stanley's Bow Dressing Room

Signed and dated

  • 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (483 x 368)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam




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



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