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SM Adam volume 39/69


[6] Design for the hall c1761, executed with minor alterations


Plan and laid out wall elevations of a rectangular room with one end screened. With a compartmental ceiling with a central circular saucer dome, and with a three-bay window wall, a Doric screen of columns, flanked by niches, and surmounted by a Dioceltian opening with a soffit ornamented with octagonal coffering on the wall opposite, and doors, niches and a chimneypiece on the side walls. The walls are ornamented with a Doric frieze and picture frames, and there are small segmental balustraded balconies at the screened end. With ornamental pencil annotations, and a door in the top left-hand corner


to a scale


Section of a Room for the / Earl of Shelburne at Bowood (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given (verso) 2 / Ld Shelburne / Section of Room at Bowood

Signed and dated

  • c1761
    datable to c1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (914 x 633)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam, with pencil annotations in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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