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SM Adam volume 39/14


[2] Design for the interior of the saloon, c1769, unexecuted


Plan of a detail of an apsidal and coved ceiling, and part laid out wall elevations. The ceiling is ornamented with quatrefoils and trefoils within triangular compartments. The apse wall is divided into five pointed arches, ornamented with finials and crockets, and the apse contains three pointed arched windows. The side wall has a pointed arched door, ornamented with finials, and flanked by ogee-shaped mirror frames, and the whole has a pattern of trefoils and quatrefoils below the dado, and a freize of trefoils between crocket springers


to a scale


Section of one of the Apartments in Alnwick Castle (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to c1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and was on laid paper (427 x 415)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Worsley, 1988, p. 76
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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