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SM Adam volume 39/5


[4] Design for the window wall for the drawing room, 1770-73, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a wall with four windows, above a dado with an apron of festoons, and below a frieze of anthemia and urns. Between the windows are tripartite pier glasses incorporating medallions and candle branches. The central pier glass is above a pier table with urns underneath, and the outer pier glasses are above consoles. The outer bays of the wall contain girandoles incorporating medallions and lotus capital pilasters


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Drawing Room at Northumberland House London (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) and some measurements given in pencil (verso) [cropped]berland House and some scratched out text

Signed and dated

  • 1770-73
    datable to 1770-73

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, verdigris and Indian yellow on laid paper (1016 x 520)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)


D&CBLAUW IV and XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Harris, 1963, pp. 56, 82
Stillman, 1966, p. 74
Tait, 1996, p. 33
Harris, 2001, pp. 98, 99
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 314
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing, Sir John Soane's Museum, 4 October 1996 - 1 March 1997; The Frick Collection, New York, December 1997 - April 1998; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May - June 1998; The Octagon Museum, Washington, July 1998 - January 1999; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, February - March 1999
Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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