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image SM Adam volume 50/69

Reference number

SM Adam volume 50/69

Purpose

[9] Design of the plan, laid out elevations and part of the ceiling for the library, c1780, executed with alterations

Aspect

Plan and laid out wall elevations of a rectangular room with a projecting bow opposite the chimney wall, with a coved ceiling ornamented with a frieze of alternating tazza and enclosed anthemia, surmounted by overlapping festoons. The central coved area is flanked by flat-roofed screened recesses, ornamented with compartments enclosing rosettes either with festoons or palmettes. The walls are lined with bookshelves from floor to ceiling, with a central door in one end wall, and a central chimneypiece on the long straight wall, with tapering moulded stiles, urns in the capitals, and with a frieze of alternating tazza and anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts

Scale

bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Section of the Chimney Side for Sir John Ramsden at Byram (for Sir John Ramsden at Byram in the hand of William Adam) / Section of an end behind the columns / Plan of the Library / The Griffins and Tripod at A / Books here / Section of the screen of columns and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

datable to c1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes of pink and yellow on laid paper (367 x 533)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Watermark

GR surmounted by fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, p. 306, Index, p. 5
Spiers, 1979, p. 72, Index, p.5
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 24, 252, 260
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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