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SM Adam volume 43/44


[5] Design for the library, c1770, executed with minor alterations


Plan and laid out wall elevations of a five- by three-bay library, with five windows on one wall, with furniture on the piers, each ornamented with an oval compartment, and surmounted by a roundel on the wall, and the opposite wall has a central chimneypiece, surmounted by a rectangular overmantel frame, and flanked by tripartite bookcases, surmounted by rectangular compartments, and flanked by doors, with pilaster architraves, and surmounted by roundel overdoors, and on each of the end walls is another tripartite bookcase, surmounted by rectangular compartments, and flanked by doors with roundel overdoors, and with a frieze of alternating anthemia and anthemia enclosed within scrolled hearts


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Design for Finishing the Library at Mellerstain for The Honble George Baillie / Dark Pink / Light Green / Dark green / Bust / Picture and some measurements given, and some rough calculations in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (906 x 642)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 22
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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