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  • image SM Adam volume 41/18

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SM Adam volume 41/18


[10] Finished drawing for the great parlour, c1760-63, as executed


Plan and laid out wall elevations for a rectangular room, with a two-bay window wall (south wall) with an ornamental pier glass, a wall with a single door opposite (north wall), and in the west wall are two doors flanking a chimneypiece, and on the east wall are two doors flanking a segmental, screened recess containing a sideboard table. The northern doors on the east and west walls are dummy doors


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Great Parlour / at Compton / the Seat of Lord Willoughby de Broke (in the hand of William Adam) and some dimensions given (verso) 3

Signed and dated

  • 1760-1763
    date range: 1760-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey and Naples yellow washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (546 x 470)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


JW and a garter cartouche surmounted by a fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
Bearman, 2000, p. 110
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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