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SM Adam volume 50/73


[3] Finished drawing for the walls for the drawing room, 1771, executed with alterations


Plan and laid out wall elevations of a rectangular room, with an apsidal end, and a segmental barrel vaulted ceiling, as Adam volume 12/91, and the room has a three-bay window wall, with curtain cornices, and two pier glasses, and there is a door in the wall opposite with a console architrave, and a chimneypiece in the end wall, surmounted by an overmantel mirror frame, and the alcove contains three urn-filled niches, articulated by paired fluted engaged columns, and surmounted by a semi-dome ornamented as in Adam volume 12/91, and the whole room has a frieze of anthemia enclosed within wreaths alternating with calyx


bar scale of 3 3/5 inches to 10 feet


Section of a Room for ___ Thynne Esqr (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given (verso) 1 / Mr Thynne / Mr Thynne (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte and pink within a single ruled border on laid paper ()


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 36
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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