Preliminary designs and finished drawings for items of furniture for unknown locations, 1770-83, executed status unknown (5)
It is not known if the following designs were executed, and their intended locations are also unknown.
Of Adam volume 20/78 Eileen Harris wrote, ‘One of Adam’s few [furniture] designs for William Weddell who obtained a great deal of his furniture for Newby from France. The exaggerated height of the glass (according to the scale approximately 8ft x 2ft 6in), and the style of the frame, which is closer to Adam’s work of c1765-66 (a period of French influence) than of 1770, may be concessions to Weddell’s Gallic tastes.'
The rough preliminary design for wall or door panels (Adam volume 52/64) has drawn on the verso a rough plan of a circular room with four apses. Although this was an arrangement which Adam used on several occasions, in this instance it may allude to the gallery at Newby. As such, the decorative panels on the recto may be early designs for the wall panels in the sculpture gallery. However, they do not match the executed ornamentation to the walls, and this is mere speculation.