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SM Adam volume 27/39


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


Elevation of an impost, showing connected hexagonal compartments containing alternating oval medallions and urns enclosed within hexagons, and between the hexagonal compartments are rosettes enclosed within fans of trefoils. The whole is surmounted by a band of acanthus leaves, and a band of enclosed acanthus leaves


to a scale


Impost for the Circular Room at Alnwick

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (504 x 347)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, pp. 93, 344
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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