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SM Adam volume 35/13


[9] Finished drawing for the hall, 1765, executed with minor alterations


Plan and laid out wall elevations of a rectangular room with engaged Doric columns encircling the interior, surmounted by a Doric frieze of fret and ox skulls. On each of the end walls (north and south) is a central door, surmounted by a segmental relief panel containing a military trophy, and within a relieving arch, and flanked by windows at one end, and by sculpture-filled niches at the other. From the plan it is apparent that the door flanked by niches is recessed, and within a coffered arch. The side walls (east and west) each have a central chimneypiece, and a rectangular painted overmantel flanked by square-headed niches, all surmounted by panels of festoons, and this is flanked by doors, with figurative roundel overdoors


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design for finishing the Hall at Gawthorp House in Yorkshire. the Seat of Edwin Lascelles Esquire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1765
    datable to 1765

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled on border on laid paper (732 x 616)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
Lees-Milne, 1947, p. 93
Harris, 2007, p. 86
Leach and Pevsner, 2009, p. 302
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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