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SM Adam volume 50/84


[2] Design for walls of the great room, c1768-87, unexecuted


Elevation of the chimney wall, with a central chimneypiece, with paired Corinthian engaged column stiles, an arched lining, and a frieze of arabesques, surmounted by lozenges and peltoid shields, surmounted by a square overmantel frame, and the chimney is flanked by walls ornamented with quatrefoil-shaped fluting, with rectangular compartments containing trophies, lozenges containing arms beneath the dado, and a pointed arched recess


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Chimney Side of the large Room Shrewsbury Castle for Sir William Pulteney (for Sir William Pulteney in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) 2 / Section of a room in Shrewsbury Castle Mr Pulteney

Signed and dated

  • 1768-87
    date range: 1768-87

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (542 x 326)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 181
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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