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SM Adam volume 50/69


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


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


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


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

  • c1780
    datable to c1780

Medium and dimensions

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


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


GR surmounted by fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


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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