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SM Adam volume 8/99


[7] Rough preliminary design of a carpet for the great drawing room, 1769


Plan of a tripartite rectangular carpet divided on one side by bands of diamonds, on two others by bands containing a tazza flanked by winged creatures. In the central rectangle, a lozenge contains a large oval rosette with four anthemia, all surrounded by festoons, with fans in the corners. In a side panel, a figure flanked by arabesques


not to scale


Carpet for Mr Parkers Drawing Room / Carpet / Mr Fermors Eating Room and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (560 x 415)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 27
Beard, 1978, pp. 13, 47
For full literature references see scheme notes.



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