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SM Adam volume 40/3


[61] Finished drawing for the house, 1760


Axial section from north to south, through the marble hall and saloon, and showing the ground floor rooms beneath, and the roof space in the north pediment, and in the saloon dome. Giant Corinthian columns and external stairs are shown on both fronts. The marble hall is eight bays in length, articulated by Corinthian columns, and with sculpture-filled niches, with a chimneypiece with aedicular overmantel, two doors, and figurative relief panels on the wall, surmounted by an anthemia and strigil frieze and a deeply coved compartmental ceiling with a central oculus. The saloon is circular with aedicular doors, sculpture-filled semicircular-headed recesses, ruinscapes, figurative relief panels, a frieze of arabesques, and a domed octagonal coffered ceiling with a central oculus


to a scale


Section of the New Design for Sir Nathaniel Curson Baronet at Kedleston / now Lord Scarsdale (in the hand of William Adam) / From North to South

Signed and dated

  • 1760
    datable to 1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and yellow wash on laid paper (1286 x 596)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 18
Stillman, 1966, pp. 66, 68
Beard, 1978, pp. 39, 57
Harris, 2001, pp. 37, 58
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing, Sir John Soane's Museum, 4 October 1996 - 1 March 1997; The Frick Collection, New York, December 1997 - April 1998; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May - June 1998; The Octagon Museum, Washington, July 1998 - January 1999; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, February - March 1999
Marble Mania: Sculpture Galleries in England 1640-1840, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 10 October - 22 December 2001

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