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Preliminary design for the great drawing room carpet, 1775, as executed (1)


The great drawing room carpet is included in the second volume of The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam (part 1, plate 5), and is illustrated in accordance with this drawing. Adam's title for this plate is Inside View of the Third and Great Withdrawing-room. The view does make use of some artistic licence, with the end wall replaced with a screen, allowing a view of the Etruscan dressing room beyond, but otherwise it is supposed to show the room as executed. As such it is assumed that this design for the carpet - as with other Adam carpets, designed to echo the ceiling - was executed in accordance with the extant drawing.



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