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SM Adam volume 39/16


[4] Design for the interior of the saloon, c1769, thought to be as executed


Part wall elevation, showing a chimneypiece with ogee-shaped linings, pilaster stiles, and a frieze of enclosed anthemia, and with a large square overmantel frame. The walls are ornamented with lozenges enclosing alternating calyx and anthemia below the dado, and with quatrefoil-shaped fluting above the dado as a ground for two rectangular trophy panels flanking a rectangular portrait; with a frame ornamented with anthemia, arabesques and a coat of arms, and the room has a frieze of intersecting roundels forming flowers


bar scale of 2 inches to 3 feet


Chimney side of the Saloon at Alnwick Castle The Duke of Northumberland (The Duke of Northumberland in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1769
    datable to c1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (521 x 454)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, p. 86
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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