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SM Adam volume 39/2


[50] Design for the gallery, c1761-63, executed with alterations


Elevations of the chimney and window walls of a gallery. The window wall is eleven bays in length, with bookcases flanked by Corinthian pilasters on each pier, and the wall is ornamented with rectangular panels and a frieze of festoons, and there are pencil-drawn cabinets against some of the piers. The chimney wall has three pedimented doors and two chimneypieces with fluted pilaster stiles and fluted friezes, with tripartite bookcases articulated by Corinthian pilasters in between, and the wall is ornamented with tripod and urn-filled rectangular and arched recesses, festoons, rectangular and lunette figurative panels, medallions, and a frieze of fret


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Design for Sion Gallery Duke of Northumberland (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) Sion Gallery / 3 (in pencil) / another design (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1761-63
    datable to c1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including yellow ochre on laid paper (1508 x 484)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam or George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Stillman, 1966, p. 6
Rowan, 1988, p. 85
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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