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SM Adam volume 39/10


[14] Design for the interior for the circular banqueting room, c1770, as executed


Section showing the interior wall elevation of a circular room, containing four apses, ornamented with bands of enclosed anthemia, and trefoil-headed fluting; and alternating with ogee-shaped mirrors with candle branches, flanked by acanthus capital pilasters with guilloche enclosing rosettes in the capitals. The apses contain an ogee-shaped window, and a pyramidal stove, alternating with doors with pyramidal architraves, each of which is set within a pointed relieving arch, and doors with pyramidal architraves


bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot


Part of the Section of the Circular Room at Alnwick Duke of Northumberland (Duke of Northumberland in the hand of William Adam) / Window / Glass / Glass / Glass / Glass / Glass / Glass / Cove 6ft high and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (1282 x 516)


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, pp. 92, 93, 344
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 262
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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