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SM Adam volume 35/14


[24] Finished drawing for the saloon (now the library), c1767


Plan and laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room, with a coved ceiling, and with three windows on the south wall, and a central aedicular door on the north wall opposite, surmounted by a rectangular overdoor panel containing an anthemion and rinceaux, and flanked by apses screened by two Corinthian columns each, and with panels of rinceaux in the semi-domes. The east and west end walls each have a central tabernacle chimneypiece, surmounted by festoons, and flanked by doors with capricci overdoors


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


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

Signed and dated

  • c1767
    datable to c1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes of grey, pink and yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (704 x 523)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Robert Nasmith


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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