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SM Adam volume 5/43


[25] Preliminary design for a carpet for the drawing room, c1778, possibly executed


Plan of a rectangular carpet, with an additional section for the canted bay on one long side. The central square compartment is ornamented with a patera enclosed within a wreath. Beyond this, there is a band of enclosed anthemia and corner rosettes within wreaths. The central compartment is flanked by rectangular compartments, containing wreaths enclosing paterae and rosettes. The compartment for the canted bay is ornamented with a half-patera, enclosed within a half-wreath, and a fan ornamented with anthemia. Each compartment is bordered by bands of fret, interspersed with rosettes


not to scale


Carpet for Mr Rigby's Drawing Room / Ground Light Green / flowers, husks and orna(cropped) / of Bloom colours like / [_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _] -

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (547 x 394)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 22
Harris, 1963, p.50
King, 2001, Volume I, pp. 29, 249, pl. 357
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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