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SM Adam volume 39/13


[17] Design for the cornice for the circular banqueting room, c1770; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a cornice, showing two alternative designs. On the left-hand side there are hexagonal compartments enclosing anthemia and urns or figurative medallions; alternating with square compartments containing busts enclosed within lozenge-shaped frames, and these square compartments are flanked by rosette enclosed within fans of trefoils. On the right-hand side there are connected hexagonal compartments containing calyx enclosed within trefoils and oval figurative medallions, or urns enclosed within hexagons, and between the hexagonal compartments are anthemia and calyx. The whole is surmounted by a band of enclosed oak leaves, a band of acanthus leaves, and a band of lion masks


to a scale


Cieling of Alnwick Castle for the Duke of Northumberland (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including pink, verdigris and Indian red on laid paper (653 x 497)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, pp. 87, 343
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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