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  • image SM Adam volume 17/178

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SM Adam volume 17/178


[8] Record drawing of a carpet for the great drawing room, 1769, as executed


Plan of a tripartite rectangular carpet divided by bands of diamonds containing rosettes. In the central rectangle, a lozenge contains a large oval rosette with four anthemia, all surrounded by festoons, with fans in the corners. In the flanking panels, a central tazza with festoons


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Carpet for the Drawing Room at Saltram The Seat of John Parker Esqr / exists (in pencil in a modern curatorial hand)

Signed and dated

  • 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink and verdigris on laid paper (580 x 333)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with an additional inscription in pencil in a modern curatorial hand



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