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SM Adam volume 39/7


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


Elevation of an end wall with a central tripartite mirror frame, ornamented with calyx, an urn, and a medallion, above a dado with an apron of festoons, and the mirror is flanked by paired lotus capital pilasters. Beneath the mirror is a sofa and chairs, flanked by doors surmounted by overdoor medallions within square frames, and a wreath punctuated with enclosed rosettes and anthemia


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Drawing Room Northumberland house London (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) 3

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 (1021 x 516)


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


XDCB within cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Harris, 1963, pp. 56, 82
Stillman, 1966, p. 74
Beard, 1978, p. 64
Harris, 2001, pp. 99, 344, 345
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 314
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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