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SM Adam volume 17/173


[15] Preliminary design for a carpet for the drawing room, 1774; it is not known if this design was executed


Plan of a tripartite, rectangular carpet, divided by bands of fret, and with a border of rosettes enclosed within connected lozenges and roundels. The central square compartment contains a rosette enclosed within waterleaf, a fan ornamented with anthemia, a circular frame ornamented with a wreath, and a broad circular band accompanied by a serpentine ribbon forming segmental and quadrilateral panels, ornamented with rinceaux, urns, paterae, fans and anthemia. The bordering rectangular compartments are tripartite, with compartments containing enclosed rosettes, flanking a larger compartment containing a rosette, enclosed within a band of waterleaf, a fan ornamented with anthemia, and a circular frame ornamented with a wreath (verso) a floor plan


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Carpet for the Drawing Room at Northumberland House / Green / Purple / (and in pencil) Pink / Brown / Green / Blue / Pink / Purple / Pink / Blue / Blue / Pink / Green [ ____ ] / Pink / Purple / Green leaves / Green / Purple / Green / A / A / Pink / Brown / Green / Ind [ ____ ] / Green / [ _ _ _ _ ] pink / fillets yellow / Brown / pink on Ground / purple / darker Green and some measurements given (verso) Northumberland House (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 25/06/1774
    Adelphi June 25t 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, sepia, verdigris, and pink on laid paper (961 x 613)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
Harris, 1963, p. 56
Harris, 2001, p. 102
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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